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Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland, The Ford Trophy 2022, Today Match Prediction

Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand

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Host Wellington aim to keep their playoff hopes alive in Ford Trophy

  • Wellington registered a comprehensive win over Otago in a game played at Dunedin.
  • Rachin Ravindra, Nick Kelly, Troy Johnston and Luke Georgeson put in excellent performances for Wellington in the previous match.
  • Auckland previous match against Otago ended in a no result.

Expect Wellington to register a comfortable win over Auckland at The Basin Reserve.

Tournament: The Ford Trophy 2022 | Format: LIST A CRICKET | Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand | Toss: To Bat

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Host Wellington will be looking to continue their excellent form when they face Auckland in the 23rd match of the 2022-23 The Ford Trophy played at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

In the previous match, Wellington registered a dominant win over Otago, courtesy splendid performances from Rachin Ravindra, Nick Kelly, Troy Johnston and Luke Georgeson. With this result, Wellington registered their third win of the tournament.

On the other hand, Auckland will be looking to deliver a decent performance in this dead rubber. The franchise have failed to make an impression as a unit in this year’s Ford Trophy and are currently lying at the bottom of the league table.

Wellington Firebirds Preview

The franchise will have to win their remaining round-robin matches in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the competition.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Devan Vishvaka, Rachin Ravindra, Nick Kelly and Troy Johnston to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the previous match, all-rounder Rachin Ravindra smashed a splendid hundred with the help of nine boundaries and three sixes. He was well supported by captain Troy Johnston, who scored a fluent 78 not out off 47 balls with the help of eight boundaries and three sixes.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Michael Snedden, Peter Younghusband and Luke Georgeson to deliver timely breakthroughs.

In the previous match, Luke Georgeson was the pick of the bowlers for Wellington and claimed 4 for 42 in 7.5 overs.

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing XI:

Luke Georgeson, Devan Vishvaka, Rachin Ravindra, Nick Kelly, Ollie Newton, Troy Johnson (c), Tim Robinson, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Lauchie Johns (wk), Michael Snedden

Auckland Preview

The visitors will have to show discipline in all three departments in this dead rubber.

In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of George Worker, William O’ Donnell, Robert O’Donnell, Sean Solia, and Ben Home to deliver the bulk of the innings.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Ben Lister, Louis Delport, Sean Solia, and Matt Gibson to deliver crucial breakthroughs.

Auckland Predicted Playing XI:

Robert O’Donnell (captain), George Worker, Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, William O’Donnell, Ryan Harrison, Ben Horne (wk), Matt Gibson, Louis Delport, Danru Ferns, Ben Lister

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
19
0 mm.
3.18 k/h
From: NW
2%
03h
18
0 mm.
4.66 k/h
From: NNW
60%
06h
19
0 mm.
5.67 k/h
From: N
66%
09h
18
0 mm.
5.87 k/h
From: N
51%
12h
17
0 mm.
6.55 k/h
From: N
35%
15h
17
0 mm.
7.14 k/h
From: N
23%
18h
17
0 mm.
7.35 k/h
From: N
22%
21h
19
0 mm.
8.08 k/h
From: N
18%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the game is going to be excellent for batting units. The bowlers will show discipline and use a lot of variations on this surface. The weather forecast for the game is going to be light cloud with gentle breeze.

Venue Details

Basin Reserve in Wellington is going to host the 23rd match of the 2022-23 The Ford Trophy between Wellington and Auckland.

Toss: To Bat

Both the sides will be keen to win the toss, bat first and post a score in excess of 295 runs. The previous two matches played at Basin Reserve have been won by side batting second.

Based on current form, Host Wellington will be favorites to win their game against Auckland. With likes of Rachin Ravindra, Troy Johnston and Nicky Kelly showing excellent form with the bat in the previous match, the team management will be hoping for more of the same in this fixture.

Expect Wellington to register a comfortable win over Auckland at The Basin Reserve.

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Author: Shoaib Z.