The Southland Cricket Association is to reflect on an impressive, unbeaten innings as the spotlight goes on 150 years of representative cricket in Southland during the 2013-14 season.
There has been some debate as to when cricket was first played in Southland, and when Southland's first representative match was held, but the records suggest the first representative game was in 1864 against Otago in Dunedin.
The 150 years of representative cricket will be celebrated on February 21-23.
It will start with a informal catchup over a round of golf and a dinner on the Friday.
On the Saturday the guests will be encouraged to watch Southland play Otago Country in a Hawke Cup game at Queens Park followed that night with a formal dinner.
The Hawke Cup game will continue on the Sunday at Queens Park and a social Twenty20 game between former Southland players will also be played on the adjacent Metropolitan Cricket Club ground.
SCA general manager Ian Mockford said it was a chance for the Southland cricket community to reflect on their impressive history and for past and present players, officials and supporters to remember their time in the sport.
"[The 1864] game is the first representative game we can find and we're just looking to have a celebration around that and to have people get together to catch up who have been involved in the cricket community," Mockford said.
Southland's representative cricketing history includes winning the Hawke Cup on six occasions, with the first in the 1910-11 season.
The province has produced plenty of Otago representatives as well as New Zealand players, including Jeff Wilson and Brian McKechnie, who also played rugby for New Zealand.
Mockford said those wanting more details on the 150th celebration weekend or wanting to register their interest can head to southlandcricket.co.nz.
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