Family connections are nothing new in cricket, but tomorrow could see the continuation of one of Auckland’s great dynasties.
Twenty-six-year-old right-armer Michael Snedden — son of Martin, grandson of Warwick, great-grandson of Nessie, a great-nephew of Cyril and his nephew Colin, is in line to make his List A debut for the Aces after coming into the squad for the unavailable Robbie O’Donnell.
The O’Donnell clan is fashioning a mini-dynasty of its own — brothers Will and Robbie are the sons of Head Coach Mark O’Donnell, bearing the monikers of WOD, ROD and MOD respectively.
But there’s a long way to go to catch up with the remarkable Sneddens.
"Nessie" Snedden (1892-1968) played 39 matches for Auckland and captained New Zealand in the era before Test cricket; brother Cyril (1893-1985) played four games for the same team — long enough for a first-class career best of 119.
Their father, Alexander Snedden, had been one of half a dozen men who got together and purchased a rocky, boggy patch of Sandringham in 1903 then known, quite aptly, as Cabbage Tree Swamp — turning it into a place called Eden Park.
Colin Snedden (1918-2011) played six matches for Auckland and a sole Test for New Zealand when cricket resumed after World War II, and later became very well respected as a radio commentator in both rugby and cricket, His younger brother Warwick (1920-1990) played two matches for Auckland in 1946/47.
Warwick’s son Martin of course grew up to become one of the original beige brigade, playing 25 Tests and 93 ODIs through the golden 1980s, and 47 List A and 55 first-class matches for Auckland before later becoming both a CEO and, currently, board member of New Zealand Cricket.
So, no pressure Michael — a fourth-generation right-arm pace bowler only has a bit to live up to there!
The departure of Canterbury’s BLACKCAPS duo Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham for UAE forces changes to the Auckland Aces’ opponents this week as the two sides head north to Eden Park Outer Oval for a rematch.
Weather frustrated the plans of both the Central Stags and Northern Districts on Wednesday and all teams may have one eye on the sky in this round as the spring bluster continues.
Showers and blustery conditions are forecast in Dunedin and Auckland while it’s set to be a windy day's cricket at the capital, meaning whoever gets to bowl into the wind will earn themselves an extra cheese toastie.
But all eyes, of course, will be on batting sensation Andrew Fletcher. Can his dream start continue at this breakneck pace?
The Firebirds head into this round as leaders and will meet still-winless Northern Districts in memory of the late Test player and ND legend Andy Roberts as the two sides contest the ADG Roberts Memorial Trophy.
Doug Bracewell’s mid-table Stags will be particularly keen to get back on a winning roll against the Volts, the side they downed in the opening round — after having followed up with a heavy loss to Canterbury, then having to settle for shared points with ND after Wednesday’s weather-related abandonment.
This Sunday marks the start of a block of away matches for the Central men while the Volts are finally at home, and coming off a stinging record hiding from the Firebirds at the Basin.
If allrounders are the hallmark of the Kiwi one-day game, the Stags are on point after having added yet another to their rather youthful contingent for Sunday — erstwhile BLACKCAPS left-armer Ben Wheeler making his first appearance of the summer after coming back from the spinal fusion surgery that one hopes will end his on-again, off-again run of injuries.
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11am Sunday 4 November 2018
At Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Craig Cachopa (c)
Ben Horne (w)
Will O'Donnell — potential Auckland Aces & List A debut
Michael Snedden — potential Auckland Aces & List A debut
+ Michael Snedden
- Robbie O’Donnell
Cole McConchie (c)
Blake Coburn — potential List A debut
Theo van Woerkom
+ Leo Carter, Ken McClure
- Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls
At the Basin Reserve, Wellington
Hamish Bennett (c)
Lauchie Johns (w)
+ Ollie Newton
- Alex Ridley (hamstring)
Dean Brownlie (c)
Peter Bocock (w)
+ - Unchanged
At University of Otago Oval, Dunedin
Mark Craig (co-captain)
Jacob Duffy (co-captain)
Mitch Renwick (w)
+ - Unchanged
Doug Bracewell (c)
Ma’ara Ave (w)
Dean Foxcroft — potential Central Stags and List A debut
+ Ben Wheeler
- Navin Patel