Ford Trophy, 2018 | Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds, Final | OTG vs WEL Who Will Win
After weeks of pulsating 50-over action that had its ebbs and flows accentuate, Otago Volts will lock horns with Wellington Firebirds in the summit clash for the rights to be called as the Ford Trophy champions on Friday.
Group-stage table toppers, Otago Volts have had an imperious campaign leading into the finals.
Despite losing top-scorer Hamish Rutherford (393 runs at 65.50) due to NZ-A duties, the likes of Jacob Duffy (22 wickets), Brad Wilson (165 runs), Neil Broom (355 runs), Michael Rippon (218 runs, 12 wickets) stepped up big time to seal a direct entry into the finals.
But they’ll be wary of their opponents in Wellington Firebirds- a side against whom they lost by 193 runs in the league stage. Andrew Fletcher (614 runs at 61.40), as he has done throughout the tournament, scored a swashbuckling 125 in that game.
But, it is not only Fletcher that the Volts would be wary of. Jimmy Neesham (497 runs, 13 wickets), who is fresh off a match-winning 120 against defending champions Auckland Aces have had a breakthrough season and he, along with the likes of Hamish Bennett (24 wickets), Newton (18 wickets) and Devon Conway (399 runs) will be looking to do an encore of their group-stage performance against the Volts to bring home the title.
Venue:- University Oval, Dunedin
When:- Saturday, December 01, 2018, 03:30 AM IST
Jacob Duffy (c), Matthew Bacon, Neil Broom, Josh Finnie, Shawn Hicks, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Lockrose, Mitch Renwick, Michael Rippon, Nathan G Smith, Christl Viljoen, Brad Wilson, Warren Barnes
Hamish Bennett (c), Lauchi Johns, Ian McPeake, Jimmy Neesham, Ollie Newton, Malcolm Nofal, Ben Sears, Peter Younghusband, Andrew Fletcher, Jakob Bhula, Michael Pollard, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway
Here’s how both teams’ lined-up in their last encounter
Wicket-keeper – Mitch Renwick
Batsmen – Brad Wilson, Michael Rippon, Neil Broom, Nathan G Smith
All-rounders – Christi Viljoen, Anaru Kitchen, Josh Finnie
Bowlers – Jacob Duffy, Shawn Hicks, Warren Barnes/Matthew Bacon
Wicketkeeper- Lauchie Johns
Batsmen- Andrew Fletcher, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Jakob Bhula
All-rounder- James Neesham, Malcolm Nofal
Bowlers- Hamish Bennett, Peter Younghusband, Ian McPeake, Ollie Newton
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Wicket-Keeper- Both Mitch Renwick and Lauchie Jones have had a lackluster tournament. You can choose either of them in your Dream11 side.
Batters- In the absence of Hamish Rutherford, Brad Wilson [165 runs at 41.25] has stepped up to the occasion big time. He, along with Andre Fletcher- the leading run-scorer of the tournament [614 runs at 61.40] will spearhead the batting unit and will have the likes of Devon Conway [399 runs at 39.90] and Neil Broom [355 runs at 39.44] will lend solidity to the middle-order.
All-rounders- With 497 runs and 13 wickets, Jimmy Neesham has had a breakout season. He is fresh off a match-winning hundred in the last game and will undeniably play a crucial role in the finale. He, along with Christl Viljoen and Malcolm Nofal [196 runs, 12 wickets] are ideal choices for the all-rounder’s spot.
Bowling- Hamish Bennett [24 wickets], Jacob Duffy [22 wickets] and Ollie Newton [18 wickets] will lead the bowling unit while Nathan Smith and Peter Younghusband will be good backup options.
Team 01 & 02
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