Bay of Plenty will look to defend one of the most prestigious prizes in New Zealand Cricket, the Hawke Cup, on Auckland Anniversary weekend
The Bay representative team will defend the cup against Zone One winners Counties Manukau at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval on January 28-30.
The Hawke cup, a symbol of Minor Association cricket superiority in New Zealand, was first presented by Lord Hawke in 1910 and is one of the country's oldest cricket trophies.
Bay of Plenty's very first of representative match was a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against South Auckland, in Hamilton in 1932. In the intervening years, Bay of Plenty has played in another 27 Hawke Cup Direct Challenges, winning and defending the long-time trophy on twelve occasions.
During March 2016, the Bay representative team defeated Hawkes Bay in the last Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of the season, to take the long-time NZ Cricket trophy home to spend the winter in the Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy cabinet.
There has been a significant number of Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup milestones posted over the past eighty-five years.
Bay centurion Derek Beard (105 games) leads the list for most appearances with 13 matches between 1982 and 1998. Fellow centurion Mike Wright sits in second place with 10 games, with current Bay of Plenty captain Peter Drysdale certain to add to his eight Hawke Cup matches.
Brett Hampton sits astride the most runs tally with 594, with also his province's then-highest score of 194, when Bay of Plenty lifted the Hawke Cup from Hamilton's grasp in January 2013.
The current Bay master blaster is closely followed by Derek Beard with 549 runs and a best score of 135. Other Bay batsmen to post over three hundred Hawke Cup runs are Joe Carter (450), Mike Wright (395) and the late Andy Roberts (381).
Northern Knights attack bowler Tony Goodin owns all three Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup bowling records. Goodin has taken 34 wickets, followed by Derek Beard with 21 with Brett Hampton in third place with 19 wickets.
Goodin also leads the most wickets in a match with his 7/42 against South Canterbury in 2013 and is the only Bay of Plenty bowler to take ten Hawke Cup wickets in a game, with twelve (7/42 & 5/91) in the encounter with South Canterbury.