Howzat? The Volts are in the Final! PHOTOSPORT

2018/19 Ford Trophy Finals for Dunedin and Auckland

From dead last in the previous two seasons, the revitalised Otago Volts stand on the cusp of pulling off their first Ford Trophy championship in more than a decade.

The Volts have gone top. PHOTOSPORT

The Volts last wore the national men's one-day crown in 2007/08, but have snuck up to secure the 2018/19 home Ford Trophy Grand Final for Dunedin, to be played at the University of Otago Oval this Saturday 1 December and televised LIVE on SKY Sport.

It's been a remarkable turnaround for the southerners who edged the Wellington Firebirds for top spot by one point after the completion of the initial 10 rounds, after a thrilling last-ball victory in Invercargill over defending champions the Auckland Aces.

Matt McEwan feeling the pain but it ain't over for the Aces. PHOTOSPORT

It's not over for the Aces, however, who will get to host The Ford Trophy Elimination Final this Wednesday (11am November 28) at Eden Park Outer Oval, after second qualifiers the Wellington Firebirds ceded hosting rights to the match due to the unavailability of the Basin Reserve.

Even at their home "fortress", the Aces will need to be on top of their game to hold out the Firebirds who have been in red hot form throughout the competition. Opening batsman Andrew Fletcher has smashed batting records in his first season and leads the competition's run charts, while captain Hamish Bennett maintains his grip on the top of the season wicket tallies, a nose in front of his Otago Volts rival Jacob Duffy.

Get set for an exciting build-up to sudden death, high-pressure Ford Trophy Finals, with just three power-packed teams left standing!

Competition Winner: Auckland Aces

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Auckland Aces 10 6 4 0 0 0 4 28 0.46
2 Canterbury 10 5 4 0 1 0 3 25 0.08
3 Otago Volts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.21
4 Northern Districts 10 5 4 0 0 1 2 24 0.00
5 Wellington Firebirds 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 0.01
6 Central Stags 10 2 7 0 1 0 0 10 -0.84

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

Elimination Final - Otago Volts won by 6 runs

Most Runs

1D Conway553
2Colin Munro492
3Jack Boyle491
4N Broom471
5C Bowes428
6H Cooper417
7D Foxcroft406
8R O'Donnell401
9Nick Kelly374
10George Worker371

Most Wickets

1B Lister23
2J Duffy21
3A Ellis18
4=M Rippon16
4=S Rance16
6=A Verma15
6=N Smith15
8=A Hazeldine14
8=I McPeake14
10Ollie Newton13

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