Match Time: 3:30 IST
Venue: Lincoln No.3, Lincoln, NZ
All 6 teams will play 3 games each in next 5 days which will be played at Lincoln (Bert Sutcliffe Oval, 3 Lincoln) & Christchurch.
CD has lost their skipper Doug Bracewell who has been outstanding for them due to IND-A tour of NZ-A which begins on Friday.
Seth Rance who played only a single game in Ford trophy will also miss out.
Tom Bruce, who has just returned from UAE after PAK-A will lead the side.
Expected Playing 11:
Hay, Ludick, Foxcroft, Bruce (C), Clarkson, Leopard, Wheeler, Ave (wk), Murray, Small, McCone.
(Bench: Dudding, Navin)
Nofal, Fletcher, Conway, Bracewell, Neesham, Bhula/Pollard, Younghusband, Johns (Wk), Newton, McPeake/Sears, Bennett (C)
*Wellington has finally added Michael Pollard to the Ford Trophy squad who was injured & is a regular member of the Firebirds side who’s known for his hard hitting & attacking game.
The squad should most likely be same for all the three games at Lincoln & Chrischurch, so Pollard may play tomorrow or can play the next game. If he plays, will replace Bhula.
(If you want to take a risk on Pollard in Grand leagues, he’s available for selection in Dream11 & is wrongly categorised in the Bowlers section)
* Firebirds have consistently rotated their third seamer in McPeake & Sears. Though McPeake has done well in the last two games & should retain his place but Firebirds can continue to rotate them.
(Both wk’s are not likely to contribute much with the bat, so i picked Johns purely for the catch points considering Firebirds bowling attack is too good for CD batting lineup)
Batsmen: Hay, Conway, Nofal, Fletcher
(Alternatives: Clarkson, Bruce)
Allrounders: Ludick, Wheeler (VC), Neesham (C)
Bowlers: McCone, Bennett, Newton.
Gl choices: Bennett, Conway.
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