Built on the foundations of hard work, tenacity and excellence, the Horowhenua-Kapiti Cricket Association (HKCA) was established to promote and provide cricket for all ages.
The region begins at Paekakariki and extends all the way up to Foxton, encompassing Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin and Shannon.
On a broader scale, Horowhenua-Kapiti is a part of Central Districts and plays in competitions involving the other districts that make up CD - Manawatu, Wanganui, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Nelson and Marlborough.
1875 was when it all began
Cricket in the Horowhenua Kapiti district can been traced back to January 22nd 1875 where a maiden match between Otaki Star Cricket Club from Otaki and the Foxton Club played at Otaki took place.
In this very first recorded game the Foxtonites lost the toss and were sent in and produced a total of 46 for their first innings. The Otaki Stars didn’t fare much better being all out in quick time for 27. After a short break for refreshments the Foxtonites with willow in hand ended with a score of 32, having made a grand total of 78 runs for both innings. It was noted that Matenga to Hiko the Otaki wicket keeper fielded extremely well.
The Otakites now needed 57 runs to win, Captain Mr Johnston and Mr Ransfield opened the bat. A game high of 29 from the Captain had the 57 runs knocked off in quick time with the loss of only four wickets.
An after match included a dinner of potatoes and pippins and entertainment at host Prosser’s.
Recorded by the Wanganui Herald Volume VII, Issue 2372 Dated 30th January 1875
The outfield at the Levin Park Domain for the Central Districts v Auckland Shell Cup Match has a billiard table top appearance and, shown here admiring the beautifully groomed surface are from left: Messrs Basil Netten, Peter Moody, Tony Ryder (treasurer of the Horowhenua Cricket Association) and the groundsman at the main, Jack Hickton.
In more recent times…
Horowhenua vs Fiji January 26th1968
The Fijian cricket captain N. Uluiviti batting in the match between Horowhenua and Fiji. Jan. 26, 1968.
Stamped on back with black ink - Horowhenua Historical Society. Acc. No. 137 Date.
Mr N. Uluiviti (right), Fijian cricket captain, batting in the match between Horowhenua and Fiji. 1 B&W photo print
Left: Wicketkeeper (unnamed) and Umpire (unnamed).