Champion: HAWKE'S BAY


Saturday 28, Sunday 29 October 2023

Horowhenua-Kāpiti lost outright to Hawke's Bay • Donnelly Park, Levin

Manawatū beat Whanganui on the first innings • Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North

Taranaki beat Wairarapa on the first innings • Pukekura Park, New Plymouth


Saturday 18 Sunday 19 November 2023

Whanganui lost to Horowhenua-Kāpiti on the first innings • Centennial Park, Marton

Wairarapa beat Manawatū on the first innings • Queen Elizabeth Park Oval, Masterton

Hawke's Bay v Taranaki • Nelson Park, Napier • match abandoned [rain]


Saturday 25, Sunday 26 November 2023

Manawatū defeated Horowhenua-Kāpiti on the first innings • Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North

Whanganui defeated Taranaki on the first innings • Centennial Park, Marton

Saturday 20, Sunday 21 January 2024

Wairarapa lost to Hawke's Bay on the first innings • Queen Elizabeth Park Oval, Masterton


Saturday 9, Sunday 10 December 2023

Wairarapa defeated Whanganui on the first innings • Queen Elizabeth Park Oval, Masterton

Saturday 16, Sunday 17 December 2023

Taranaki defeated Horowhenua-Kāpiti on the first innings • Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Hawke's Bay drew with Manawatū • Nelson Park, Napier


Saturday 13, Sunday 14 January 2024

Whanganui lost to Hawke's Bay on the first innings • Victoria Park, Whanganui

Manawatū defeated Taranaki on the first innings • Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthHawke;s

Horowhenua-Kāpiti lost to Wairarapa on the first innings • Donnelly Park, Levin



• Six of our eight CD Districts compete in this competition. The annual winner of the FURLONG CUP earns the right to the season's Zone 2 Hawke Cup challenge match against the Hawke Cup holder; meanwhile Nelson and Marlborough compete in the Zone 3 Hawke Cup competition for the upper South Island provinces, alongside two Canterbury districts - Buller and Canterbury Country

• As the 2023 Furlong Cup champion, Hawke's Bay won the right to make last summer's Zone 2 Challenge against current Hawke Cup holder Canterbury Country. Due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on Hawke's Bay, this match was postponed until 10-12 November, 2023 at the holder's home ground in Rangiora, with Hawke's Bay successful in returning the Cup to Hawke's Bay. This means in the event of Hawke's Bay winning the 2024 Furlong Cup, the next highest placed team becames the first Challenger.


Please note that the automated PLAY HQ points table is not the official competition table, which is manually adjusted, and advised, by CDCA. Captains, please remember to get your Umpire Reports in following each game.


2023/24 • HAWKE'S BAY


   Hawke's Bay 55

   Manawatū 50

   Taranaki 41

   Wairarapa 41

   Horowhenua-Kāpiti 26

   Whanganui 23

2022/23 • HAWKE'S BAY


   Hawke's Bay 59

   Manawatū 58

   Taranaki 55

   Horowhenua-Kāpiti 30

   Wairarapa 25

   Whanganui 21

2021/22 • MANAWATū

2020/21 • HAWKE'S BAY

2019/20 • HAWKE'S BAY

2018/19 • HAWKE'S BAY




    IN 2022, THE MCC ANNOUNCED IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS to the CODE OF LAWS - find out more here

    1. The Laws of Cricket

    Except as specially provided hereafter, the 2017(2022) Code of the Laws of Cricket, together with the Playing Conditions as laid down by NZC will apply

    2. Teams

    The Zone will consist of the 6 North Island District Associations of Central Districts in a round robin competition

    3. Match Manager

    The host Association will appoint a Match Manager and advise teams and umpires. The Match Manager will be in attendance at all times but may delegate their responsibilities to a replacement if they need to leave the ground. The teams and umpires must be notified of the replacement at the next interval. Refer item 21 – Match Report responsibility

    4. Hours of Play and Intervals

    10.30am – 1pm (2.30 – 40 overs) 1.40pm – 4pm (2.20 – 38 overs) 4.20pm – 6.30pm (2.10 – 34 overs). 112 overs will be bowled in the day. 3 overs are subtracted for each change of innings. Should the teams leave the ground for lunch, then at the discretion of the umpires, up to 20 minutes can be added to the lunch break with the remaining sessions adjusted accordingly. A minimum of 16 overs will be bowled in the last hour of the match. Players shall be ready to start on the field at the time set for the start of play and the resumption of play after a break. NZC playing conditions re drinks being run on and off the field will apply. As per these NZC first class P.C.’s no formal drinks breaks are scheduled. The umpires, however, can use their discretion in hot conditions. 30 minutes of extra time can be played after the scheduled close of play on day 1 but at this time play shall cease regardless of whether the full quota of overs has been bowled. For example, a 6.30pm scheduled finish allows for play to continue until 7.00pm when the over being bowled is completed and time is called. Unbowled overs are lost. The umpires are to be more demanding in relation to hurrying the over-rates along as much as they can with both the fielding and batting teams

    5. Weather Interference and/or Travel difficulties

    Where owing to weather conditions or travel difficulties it has been decided no play is possible in the pre-lunch period, the time set down for the luncheon interval may be brought forward. Also in the event of delay due to weather conditions or travel difficulties the afternoon tea interval may be varied. Time will be made up on that day and/or subsequent days where weather, travel difficulties or any other unavoidable circumstance intervenes

    6.1 Total Hours

    The total hours (including all stoppages but excluding scheduled intervals) do not exceed 14 hours in any match except where necessary to allow a minimum of 16 overs in the last hour of the match

    6.2 Adjustments

    Play can be brought forward to start at 9.30am on day 2 (if teams are requiring an early departure) provided that no session shall be scheduled for more than 3 hours in duration. The last hour will be scheduled to start at 4.30pm in this case if it is an uninterrupted day thereafter. (Overtime could be played to allow a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled in the last hour of the match).If play is lost on day 1, an additional 30 minutes of play can be added on. A scheduled close of play on day 1 can be no later than 7.00pm.Further lost time on day 1, up to an extra half hour, can be made up from 10.00am on day 2 prior to the scheduled normal start. Therefore, on day 2, only 30 minutes (half an hour) can be made up for ground, weather and light interruptions occurring on day 1. (For clarity, in the event of rain forcing an early finish on day 1, play can be scheduled to start at 10.00am on day 2 with a scheduled finishing time remaining at 6.30pm. In the event of further GWL interruption on day 2, a further 30 minutes can be added for a scheduled finish of 7.00pm. No session shall be scheduled for more than 3 hours in duration. (Note: Overtime could be played to allow a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled in the last hour of the match).6.3 Calculation for any lost time, due to weather etc. (excludes change of innings) – for every 3.75 minutes deduct one over. The major consideration with delays should be to recommence play as soon as possible. Co-operation is required between Captains/Coaches/Umpires.Note: Discussions on play resumption involves umpire and captains only.7. Length of Innings: There is no restriction on the length of an innings. A new ball becomes available after 80 overs

    8. Points system

    Bonus points: Four batting and four Bowling bonus points are available in the first innings.

    Batting bonus points are achieved at 150, 200, 250 and 300 runs. (In the first 90 overs only).

    Bowling bonus points are achieved on taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets. (In the first 90 overs only).

    1st innings win: 5 points

    Outright points:

    3 points to the team that won on the first innings

    6 points to the team that was behind on the first innings.

    Tied scores in either innings

    - If 1st innings scores are tied 2.5 points each

    - If the match finishes in an outright tie 2 points each

    - It must be remembered here that an outright tie is only when scores are level and the team batting last is all out

    - Scores level and the team batting last is 6 or 9 down is a draw

    First innings points are retained: 8 points for 1st innings plus outright

    - If a team loses on the first innings but wins outright they get 6 points, plus bonus point

    - If a team wins on the first innings and loses outright they get 5 points, plus bonus points

    - Tie on first innings but outright win = 5.5, plus bonus points

    - Tie on first innings but outright loss = 2.5, plus bonus points.

    - If a team having lost on the first innings, gains an outright tie 2 points, plus bonus points

    - If a team having won on the first innings, gains an outright tie 7 points, plus bonus points

    - No result with less than a day played (≤ 112 overs) - bonus points scored plus 3 each.

    - No result with more than a day’s play (> 112 overs) then it is just bonus points plus 1 each.

    - Abandoned or Rained off game – 8 points each.

    - Win by default is equal to maximum points in the respective round

    9. Zone Results and Winner

    At the conclusion of each game the Host Association is responsible for advising Central Districts of the result and scores. Results are to be emailed to scott@cdcricket.co.nz no later than Monday morning or the result and scorecard must be entered as a true and accurate record on PlayHQ.

    Central Districts will keep a points table and advise associations of the points on Monday afternoon, after having received the match summaries and team points earned earlier in the day. The Zone winner will win the right to the Zone 2 Challenge.

    In the event of a tie, on points, the winner will be the team with the most outright wins. If the teams are still tied, the team with the best net runs per wicket, over the entire series of matches, will be the winner. Net run rate is calculated by taking the runs per wicket for and deducting the runs per wicket against. If for any reason the Zone winner is unable to fulfil the challenge obligations, then the second team will become the challenger

    10. Umpires

    Umpires appointments will be made by CDCUSA and forwarded to Central Districts for approval and notification to Districts

    11. Balls

    Associations are to provide their own 4 piece Kookaburra Regulation 156 gram balls for the matches. Ideally there should be replacement balls, in varying conditions of use, available if needed

    12. Covers

    Host Association will ensure adequate covers are available where possible to cover the block and bowlers run ups. Covers should be in place 3 days prior to the match. Both teams will assist with covers on match days

    13. Sightscreens

    The Host Association will provide sightscreens where possible

    14. Scoreboard

    The Host Association will provide a suitable scoreboard

    15. Scorers

    The Host Association will provide at least one scorer. Any visiting team scorer is to be notified to the host association 7 days prior to the match. A copy of the scoresheets may be given to the visitors at the conclusion of the game but certainly to the visiting District and the Central Districts Administration office at least within 48 hours by email unless PLAYHQ is entered accurately. Email: scott@cdcricket.co.nz or mail to : PO Box 309, NAPIER 4140

    16. Player Eligibility

    As per New Zealand Cricket Playing Conditions

    17. Nomination of Players - Law 1.2

    For each match teams may be composed of twelve players.

    (a) Prior to the toss for each match team captains must provide opposing captains and the umpires a list of their batting XI and their Fielding XI. The player left out of the Fielding XI will act as a 12th man for the fielding portions of the match. (i.e. the player may bat in the Batting XI but may not bowl)

    (b) The 12th man may be rotated on and off the field acting as substitute fielder bearing in mind the rules of cricket in terms of eligibility to bowl and bat in relationship to a player’s time off the field still apply. Sensible rotation is expected. It is recommended that players are rotated on and off at breaks in play ie drinks, lunch and tea, unless a replacement is necessary due to injury or sickness. Persistent rotation of a bowler or bowlers, after short spells, is not deemed to be a “sensible” reason for a substitution

    (c) No player (batsman/batter) can only bat in the match and not take part in the field

    18. Catering

    The Host Association to provide a light morning and afternoon tea and lunch for players and umpires and relevant officials. Lunch shall be of a good nutritious standard suitable for fulfilling the needs of the athletes

    Reminder – the following catering guidelines should apply - Hot dish / selection salads / rolls etc / fruit

    Ice to be provided

    Morning / afternoon tea optional

    Dietary requirements – each Association to be responsible for themselves

    Player drinks will be available, at all times, during the game

    19. Dressing Rooms

    Host Association to provide clean and tidy dressing rooms for players and umpires. At the conclusion of the match, teams are required to leave the rooms in a tidy condition, as per as they found them

    20. Code of Conduct

    This PC has now been superseded by Law 42. It states –  Law 42 - Player Conduct Laws 42.1, 42.2 and 42.3, i.e. Level 1 and Level 2 offences, shall apply as per “The Laws of Cricket 2017”.For Laws 42.4, 42.5, 42.6 and 42.7, i.e Level 3 and 4 offences, the New Zealand Cricket Code of Conduct shall apply

    21. Match Reports                         

    Umpires: Captain’s Reports

    For season 2023/24, the Umpires Captain’s Report can be found on the Central Districts Cricket Association website

    Click on CDCA Competitions and choose your competition, then click on Umpires Captain’s Report [see top of this page].

    Complete report and submit (remember Captains will need to know the respective umpires’ names).

    It is recommended that this form is filled in straight after the game.If no completed report is received, from the participating Furlong Cup team, by 5pm on the following Wednesday, after the scheduled game, 4 points will be deducted from that team in the Furlong Cup points table

    22. Travel and Accommodation

    Each Association is responsible for organising its own travel and accommodation. Prior to making accommodation bookings, the visiting association should make contact with the host DA to ascertain whether there are any sponsorship relationships that can be taken into account.Host associations will also make single room accommodation bookings for umpires where required

    23. Disputes

    Any query regarding Zone Elimination matches will be referred to Central Districts who will rule on or arrange to get a ruling on the point at issue

    24. Helmets

    The wearing of helmets by batsmen facing pace bowlers is mandatory in this competition. In the interests of Health and Safety, it is also highly recommended, that helmets are worn against spin bowling as well

    25. Running the non-striker out before the ball is bowled

    The bowler must issue a warning to the non-striker who, in the umpire’s opinion, was out of their crease at the time of the incident.The warning must be made to the umpire at the non-striker's end before the next ball is delivered. The warning will last the duration of that innings and apply to all batters. The umpires will make all incoming batters aware if a warning has been issued

    Central Districts Cricket Association believes that the process of the bowler running out the non-striker is not in the Spirit of the Game and should be used only as a last resort.

    Other Notes – Law 5 (The Bat) places limits on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat. The maximum dimensions will be 108mm in width (unchanged), 67mm in depth with 40mm edges


    Major Association (MA) representative teams competing in NZC national tournaments from Under 17 and above.

    This policy applies to teams competing at national Under 17, Under 19, Under 19 women and Provincial A tournaments; and anyone invited to train with the above teams/squads.

    From the 2017/18 season onwards, the wearing of helmets is mandatory for all players in MA representative teams competing in NZC national competitions and/or tournaments.

    Helmets must comply with BS 7928: 2013.

    The policy applies when batting against fast or medium paced bowling, wicketkeeping (up to the stumps) or fielding in close (with 7 metres of the stumps, excluding behind the wicket on the offside).

    It is also strongly recommended that a helmet is worn when batting against spin bowling.

    Any individual with responsibility for players (such as a coach or manager), together with Match Officials, should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above guidelines are followed.

    Women must use helmets which have been tested against both the men’s and junior-sized ball or at least against the junior-size ball.