They rallied mid-comp, but ND has finished fourth in the 2018/19 Ford Trophy. MBUTCHER

Firebirds lose grip on top spot

ROUND 10

NORTHERN DISTRICTS v WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

Cobham Oval

24 November 2018

Scorecard

Result: No result, Northern Districts eliminated from Elimination Final contention

Only 5.2 overs of play were possible in a key match for the Wellington Firebirds in Whangarei, and they now find themselves consigned to a 2v3 Elimination Final against defending champions the Auckland Aces in Auckland this Wednesday.

Leading The Ford Trophy field by one slender point going into the final round, the visitors had needed a win if they were to be sure of progressing direct to the December 1 Grand Final. Anything less and it left the door ajar for the Volts to usurp them, depending on the result of the Volts' match against the Aces in Invercargill.

Scott Kuggeleijn grabbed early wickets to no avail. MBUTCHER

The brief glimpse of cricket in the morning was time enough for ND quick Scott Kuggeleijn to grab two quick wickets in the humid conditions, putting a dent in Firebirds rookie sensation Andrew Fletcher's season average before zeroing in on his young opening partner Jakob Bhula, who had scored a career best 99 in the previous round.

The weather saw Kuggeleijn's haul stop at four for the ND List A home season after his return from the NZ A tour in UAE.

Top stuff from Jakob Bhula and Andrew Fletcher. MBUTCHER

Caught behind on two, Fletcher's average meanwhile dropped to 68.00 from 10 innings, having already claimed the Firebirds season record amid his 612 runs to date and finishing the regular season as the competition's top run-scorer, in his rookie season.

Captain Dean Brownlie finished as ND's top run-maker for 2018/19 with 293 runs at 36.62 while spinner Anton Devcich (below) edged paceman Brett Randell as the side's top wicket-taker with 12 at 26.58, including his long awaited maiden five-wicket bag.

Firebird Hamish Bennett has managed to keep his nose in front of rival captain Jacob Duffy in the wickets tally.

Competition Winner: Wellington Firebirds

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Otago Volts 10 7 3 0 0 0 2 30 -0.17
2 Wellington Firebirds 10 6 3 0 1 0 3 29 0.96
3 Auckland Aces 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 -0.41
4 Northern Districts 10 4 4 0 1 1 0 20 -0.28
5 Central Stags 10 3 5 0 0 2 1 17 0.04
6 Canterbury 10 2 7 0 0 1 1 11 -0.11

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Most Runs

1A Fletcher618
2J Neesham503
3C Bowes414
4Craig Cachopa412
5D Conway411
6H Rutherford393
7S Solia383
8N Broom380
9G Hay351
10S Murdoch340

Most Wickets

1H Bennett28
2J Duffy25
3O Newton20
4M Bacon16
5M McClenaghan15
6M Rippon14
7=C McConchie13
7=J Neesham13
9=A Devcich12
9=M Nofal12

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