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Lauriston Cricket Club's Rob Hooper (left), Richard Orr, Alister Goodwin and Matt Pawsey.

Strong community spirit and a love of cricket will see Lauriston Cricket Club next year knock out an impressive century; a nudge worth celebrating.

Club members have formed a centennial organising group to find past and present players and supporters to get together for celebrations over Waitangi weekend, 2022.

Rob Hooper, one of the organisers, said the group had set up a Lauriston Cricket Club Facebook page for people to join, with contact details, to find out what was happening for the special occasion on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6.

It would also assist organisers with their planning.

Anyone not on Facebook can make contact with any of the organisers.

Mr Hooper said the weekend plan was for a social game at the Lauriston homeground on Saturday, followed by an evening dinner in Ashburton with formalities and a family-friendly day back at the grounds on Sunday.

It’s a three day weekend, as the Monday following the event is the Waitangi Day public holiday, Mr Hooper said.

The game would see two invitation teams made up of past and present players, play a 30/30-overs game and would be open for anyone to come along and watch, he said.

Mr Hooper started at the club, aged 11.

Now 55, he is a third generation player, one of many associated with the club; his late-father Brian and late-grandfather Bert were both club captains in their time. Brian was also a past club patron, and was president of the club’s 75th anniversary organising committee.

The current club patrons are stalwarts Wally Ashworth, and Alister Goodwin who is on the centennial organising group and has had a 50-year association with the club.

The club has a history of celebrating its past anniversary milestones in style; for the 75th anniversary there was the opening of new clubrooms, and for its 50th a dine and dance banquet, Mr Hooper said.

Club members were keen for the centennial to be just as memorable, especially as it could have been older than its 100 years.

There were indications the club could have been around longer with bits of information dating as far back as 1888, Mr Hooper said.

However no formal records of the club were ever found.

But there were records found from July 18, 1922 which had become the official start date of the club.

The club has been a highly competitive cricket club over the years and in more recent years had excelled in the second-grade competition, Mr Hooper said.

There had also been an influx of junior cricket members, which boded well for the club’s future.