Northern Districts Cricket covers an extensive area from the Far North to Taumarunui and Poverty Bay/Wairoa in the south. It excludes Auckland City from Manukau to Orewa.
While Northern Districts Cricket was established in 1953 it was on Christmas Day 1956 that a team representing the region played its first first-class match against Auckland at Seddon Park, resulting in a win to Northern Districts.
Northern Districts Cricket is involved at many levels within its boundaries with 6 district associations, 512 club and business house teams and 753 secondary and primary school teams.
Northern Districts Cricket has an affiliation with Cook Islands Cricket.
Northern Districts Men's team is consistently one of New Zealand's most successful domestic cricket teams and in recent seasons have supplied more players to the BLACKCAPS than any other side.
The star-studded Knights travelled to India in 2014 for the Champions League CLT20 after winning the domestic T20 competition in that same year, they have won the coveted first-class Plunket Shield title no fewer than three times in the last six seasons and also celebrated back-to-back One-Day Ford Trophy titles in 2009 and 2010.
The team is an ideal blend of hardened senior players who have shown great loyalty to ND and provide leadership, and a raft of hot young talents, including players who have already been recognised at New Zealand Under-19 level. Together they have ensured the Knights have the depth to compete well when their BLACKCAPS are on international duty.