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Hawke Cup Challenge underway

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Hamilton's second Hawke Cup defence of the season is underway at Gallaway Park, against the very side from whom they lifted the historic provincial chalice last season.

Zone 2 challenger Hawke's Bay has sent a strong side on a recovery mission to Hamilton, including Central Stags quartet Brad Schmulian, Christian Leopard, Ben Stoyanoff and Jayden Lennox.

Hawke's Bay captain Jacob Smith won the toss and has asked holders Hamilton - who staged a rearguard fightback to retain the Hawke Cup on the first innings against Zone 1 challenger Bay of Plenty a fortnight ago - to field first in fine, dry conditions.

Hamilton v Hawke's Bay Livescoring

Hamilton lifted the historic Hawke Cup from Hawke's Bay in the final challenge match of last summer, 2018/19.

To win the Hawke Cup, challengers must beat the holders on their home ground, either outright or on the first innings in the event of a drawn match. The winner of this weekend's three-day match will meet either Canterbury Country or Marlborough in the next Challenge match, pending the result of the concurrent Zone 3 Final at Blenheim's Horton Park. Livescoring for this match can be found on CricHQ.

HAWKE CUP DIRECT CHALLENGE

Holder HAMILTON v Zone 2 Challenger HAWKE'S BAY

Gallaway Park, Hamilton

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 February 2020

Free Admission

Official hashtag: #HawkeCup

There are four Hawke Cup regional zones:

Zone One Hamilton, Northland, Counties-Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, Waikato Valley

Zone Two Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Whanganui, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Manawatu, Taranaki

Zone Three Canterbury Country, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller

Zone Four Otago Country, North Otago, Southland, South Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury

Each zone's regional winner gets a three-day Hawke Cup Challenge as part of the annual challenge series against the current holders, on a rotational basis. If the current Hawke Cup holders finish top of their zone (Zone 1 this season), then the team finishing in second place qualifies for the challenge series.

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