State Championship preview

State Northern Knights are fresh from their dramatic win over champions State Central Stags and have an ex-Wellington Firebird in the ranks for the visit of the capital outfit to Seddon Park.

Former Wellington spinner (pictured) replaces his one-time New Zealand A team-mate , who injured a thigh muscle during the dramatic win over the Stags at Lincoln.

, one of the heroes of the Knights’ run chase last weekend, is on international duty, with opener returning to the side, leaving captain and coach Andy Moles to shuffle the order.

The visitors have international trio , and absent.

The Stags will send out a much-changed line-up out as they seek to return to winning ways against State Otago Volts in Napier.

Former BLACKCAPS pace bowler Lance Hamilton will lead the team in the absence of , and .

is unavailable for both province and country with a hamstring injury.

Coach Graham Barlow has selected a third debutant in as many matches with South African-born all-rounder Andrew Niblett joining the squad.

Visiting Otago have missing after his recall to the Test side, with Shaun Haig moving into the State Championship XI having played in the tour match against Sri Lanka.

State Canterbury Wizards have returning from injury as they visit State Auckland Aces.

The BLACKCAPS opener has recovered from a finger injury, and his comeback is timely.

, and remain in Christchurch for the Test, but Chris Harris’s team does include recent BLACKCAPS tourists and .

Auckland have back after the birth of his son, but injured BLACKCAPS and are sidelined.

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