Cap for skipper all part of tradition
Southland cricket captain Jason Domigan will receive something special this weekend when he plays his 10th Hawke Cup fixture for the province.
In an initiative from coach Steve Jackson, players who have played 10 cup games for the province will be honoured with a baggy maroon cap.
Last year, the entire Southland Hawke Cup team was handed the caps for the challenge against Hamilton
But following that it was decided that only players who had played 10 games or more would be allowed to don them on the field.
Jackson said it had been done to try help instill some tradition and also get the players thinking about the history of the Southland Cricket Association and Hawke Cup.
A player is presented a cap by a former Southland player who will also talk to the team about what Hawke Cup cricket meant to him.
"I think it it's quite important in a way that the players are scholars of the game and particularly if they are playing Hawke Cup cricket.
"If we can give them a bit of an insight into the history and what it means I think it's important," Jackson said.
Domigan has played a lot of Hawke Cup cricket.
He previously has played for Otago Country and Canterbury Country before shifting to Invercargill and joining Southland.
Domigan will receive his baggy cap together with Ryan Duffy, Shaun Fitzgibbon, Jonathan Hodson, Mark Beer and Simon Wadworth as other players in the 12 named for this weekend's game.
- The Southland Times