Since 1910 this historic trophy has been the most treasured prize in New Zealand provincial cricket.
Each summer after New Year, four Challenge matches take place. The seasonal winners of Zone 1 (upper North Island), Zone 2 (central North Island), Zone 3 (upper South Island) and Zone 4 (lower South Island) each earn a tilt against the current holder of the Hawke Cup.
Our CD District Associations Nelson and Marlborough compete in Zone 3 regional qualifying and our six North Island Districts vie for the Furlong Cup - the winner gets the Zone 2 challenge.
Challenges are 3-day matches. The Hawke Cup can be won outright, or on the first innings in a draw, at the holder's home ground.
HAWKE CUP CHALLENGES
HAWKE'S BAY locked away the Hawke Cup for the 2021 winter with an outright win over Hamilton, and will hold on to it this winter as well after having successfully defended it against Furlong Cup winner MANAWATU and Zone 1 Challenger BAY OF PLENTY
With the Omicron outbreak spreading, it was been agreed to postpone Canterbury Country's Zone 3 Challenge (which was to have been played in February 2022) and the subsequent Zone 4 Challenge until the 2022/23 season
The winner will then face a challenge from the Zone 1 (upper North Island) challenger at the winner's home ground. This will be followed by the Zone 3 Challenge which will be from the winner of the Zone 3 Final, to be hosted by Canterbury Country against Marlborough on Waitangi Day weekend 2022
CHALLENGE MATCHES 2021/22
28-30 Jan 2022 • Zone 2 Challenge Hawkes Bay defeated Manawatu at Nelson Park, Napier
11-13 Feb 2022 • Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty - no result, Hawke's Bay retains Hawke Cup
25-27 Feb 2022 • Hawke Cup Holder v Zone 3 Challenger - postponed
11-13 March 2022 • Hawke Cup Holder v Zone 4 Challenger - postponed
Central Districts Cricket Association Chapman Pavilion at McLean Park Latham Street, Napier