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FORD TROPHY – CANTERBURY VS WELLINGTON – FANTASY PREVIEW!

The Domestic One-Day Tournament of New Zealand, Ford Trophy is nearing the knockout round as it hosts eighth and final round of league matches on Wednesday. As the tournament hosts all six teams at same time on every match day, three matches are taking place once again in the eighth round. In one of those three matches, Canterbury hosts Wellington Firebirds in Christchurch. The match is scheduled to start at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 8th February, 2017.

 

CANTERBURY :

After playing 7 round of matches in the tournament, Canterbury is at no. 2 in points table at the moment with 19 points. Canterbury team has won 4 matches and lost 2, one match ended in no-result. Canterbury has good NRR of +0.423. Canterbury defeated Knights by 2 runs in one of the thrilling contest of the season, last week. Then, it faced Auckland Aces on last Saturday and won that game by 25 runs. Opening batsman Chad Bowes got out for zero against Knights, but he came with an half-century against Aces on Saturday. He played a good innings against Aces and expected him to play another good innings on Wednesday. New Zealand’s international player, Tom Latham is named in the squad to face table topper Firebirds on Wednesday. As the international matches are over for New Zealand as of now, Latham replaced Jack Boyle in the squad. Henry Nicholls who are in prime form throughout this summer in domestic competitions, scored stunning century against Knights (140 off 125 balls) last week and also played handy knock of 65 runs vs Aces on Saturday. His current form is huge boost for Canterbury. Middle-order batsmen Peter Fulton, Todd Astle and captain Andrew Ellis lost their wickets for single digit scores in the match vs Knights. But all three them came with pretty good knock against Aces on Saturday. Todd Astle’s 48 off 42 and Andrew Ellis’s 29 off just 10 deliveries helped the side to post 276 runs in 50 overs.

Cole McConchie also played a handy knocks in both matches. Logan Van Beek picked 4 wickets in the game vs Knights, but he was dropped against Aces. Now, he is in 12-member squad to face Firebirds on Wednesday. Skipper Ellis bowled well in both matches where he picked 2 wickets against Knights and 1 vs Aces. The all rounder’s form is also a key for Canterbury. Tim Johnston picked 3 crucial wickets against Knights and he also picked a wicket vs Aces. All rounder Cole McConchie was expensive in both matches and picked only a wicket. He needs to pick wickets as like he performs with bat in almost every innings. All Rounder Todd Astle also bowled well. He picked a wicket of Daryl Mitchell in the game vs Knights and he came 3 for 51 against Auckland. As Matt Henry is back in the side after the national duties, Canterbury’s bowling attack is strengthen lot more than previous matches. As home semi-final on the cards, Canterbury is expected to show clinical performances on the field to ensure a top spot on the table.

 

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS :

The Champion of this season’s McDonald’s Super Smash T20 Tournament, Wellington Firebirds are dominating in the one-day format competition too. They are at no. 1 spot in the points table with 4 wins and a loss. Two of their league matches ended in no-result. Therefore, Firebirds are a point (20 points) ahead of second place Canterbury and also has excellent NRR of +1.453. Firebirds faced Central Stags on last Wednesday and that match was ended in no-result. Before the match stopped by rain, the opponent team was scored 150 runs in 30 overs. Firebirds bowling attack was not so effective in that game. Except Hamish Bennett and Luke Woodcock, other bowlers gone expensive in that game. But, the bowling unit corrected their errors quickly and bowled so well in the next game on last Saturday, when they faced the table bottom Otago Volts. Ian McPeake, the bowler who bowled more than 6 RPO against Stags, came with such a brilliant spell and picked 4 for 33 runs in his 10 overs spell and he also bowled 3 maiden overs. The off-spinner Jeetan Patel also bowled an effective spell and picked 3 for 23 in his 7.2 overs. Others also supported them well and made Otago bowled out for 153 runs, credits to all Firebirds bowlers.

While chasing an easy target, Firebirds lost their opener Papps early. But, Tom Blundell and the skipper Hamish Marshall’s innings steadied the ship for Firebirds. Wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi also played an handy knock along with Michael Pollard and in the end, Firebirds registered their fourth win in the tournament. Quick fire innings of skipper Hamish Marshall’s 42 off 32 in one-day game was very effective. But, Firebirds batting line-up shacked a little bit as they lost 6 wickets while chasing an easy target of 154. As the top spot is not confirmed yet, Firebirds needs to play a good game and needs to dominate Canterbury in all aspects of the game. Except the playing XI which took field on last Saturday, Ollie Newton and Scott Borthwick also in the 13-member squad. The top-order batsmen should play good innings, especially Michael Papps, Marshall and Luke Ronchi who are needs to live upto the expectations on them. Michael Pollard always starts the innings well, but he fails in convert it into big score. Hope that he would change that on Wednesday. As bowling attack was good in last game, the bowlers should bowl well again with confidence. Overall, team performance and dominating performances are needed to ensure a win in this last league match of Firebirds.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

CANTERBURY :

  • Tom Latham
  • Todd Astle
  • Henry Nicholls
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Logan Van Beek
  • Matt Henry
  • Chad Bowes
  • Cole McConchie
  • Tim Johnston

 

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS :

  • Hamish Marshall
  • Michael Papps
  • Jeetan Patel
  • Luke Ronchi
  • Michael Pollard
  • Luke Woodcock
  • Brent Arnel
  • Hamish Bennett
  • Ian McPeake

 

POSSIBLE PLAYING XI :

CANTERBURY :

As Tom Latham and Matt Henry are in the squad, expects both of them to play on Wednesday. Tom Latham is set to replace Jack Boyle in opener’s slot. Will Williams was dropped, Matt Henry might replaces Williams in this all important match.

1. Chad Bowes, 2. Tom Latham, 3. Henry Nicholls, 4. Peter Fulton, 5. Todd Astle, 6. Andrew Ellis, 7. Cole McConchie, 8. Tim Johnston, 9. Matt Henry, 10. Cam Fletcher, 11. Logan van Beek / Henry Shipley.

 

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS :

An unchanged playing XI expected. Scott Borthwick and Ollie Newton are also in the 13-men squad. If any changes made, Matt Taylor could be dropped and Scott Borthwick might get chances.

1. Michael Papps, 2. Tom Blundell, 3. Hamish Marshall, 4. Luke Ronchi, 5. Michael Pollard, 6. Luke Woodcock, 7. Jeetan Patel, 8. Matt Taylor / Scott Borthwick, 9. Hamish Bennett, 10. Iain McPeake, 11. Brent Arnel.

 

Play Well!! Best Wishes to all Fantasy players!!

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

Cricket is what everyone loves. If you’re ready to play fantasy cricket but don’t know how to analyze players, consider his Articles as the foundation of your fantasy teams. Anand is a cricket blogger and fantasy cricket lover.

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