Quake charity match raises $500,000

7:43 pm on 14 March 2011

Organisers of the 'Fill the Basin' cricket match in Wellington say they believe it raised at least $500,000 dollars for the Christchurch earthquake recovery effort.

Tickets were snapped up when the 20/20 match and its star-studded team sheet were announced last week.

In what's likely to be a record for the ground, the basin was filled to capacity with about 10,000 people.

The match was the brainchild of former Black Caps' captain Stephen Fleming.

Cricket legends like Sir Richard Hadlee and Australian spinner Shane Warne agreed to play.

Prime Minister John Key chipped in when he hit Shane Warne for a boundary to earn $100,000 on top of gate takings for the day.

Others such as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Hobbit actor Sir Ian McKellen had their own roles, including taking collection buckets around the ground.