Above: Luke Ronchi batting during his innings of 95 against Canterbury last week. New Zealand Emerging Players wicket-keeper Ronchi, who will miss the opening day of this match against Auckland, also scored 127 for the Firebirds in their drawn match against Auckland earlier in the season.
The Wellington Firebirds are hosting the Auckland Aces at the Hawkins Basin Reserve this Thursday to Sunday in round eight of the Plunket Shield.
The Wellington Firebirds squad to play the Auckland Aces is:
Stephen Murdoch (Captain, Karori)
Tom Blundell (Karori)
Harry Boam (Karori)
Josh Brodie (Eastern Suburbs)
Tipene Friday (North City)
Mark Gillespie (North City)
Scott Kuggeleijn (Wellington Collegians)
Michael Papps (Wellington Collegians)
Michael Pollard (North City)
Luke Ronchi (North City)
Jesse Ryder (Naenae Old Boys)
Malaesaili Tugaga (Wellington Collegians)
Luke Woodcock (Johnsonville)
Wellington provincial A wicket-keeper Tom Blundell will play on Day 1 as Luke Ronchi is involved with New Zealand Emerging Players duties against England.
Match Information: What
: Wellington Firebirds v Auckland Aces, round eight of 10Where
: Hawkins Basin ReserveWhen
: Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 FebruaryMatch details:
Start times 10.30am. Free entry at the ground. Live scoring on this website.
Remaining Wellington Firebirds' Plunket Shield schedule
Including this match, the Firebirds have three remaining Plunket Shield fixtures this season, played over the next three consecutive weeks.
Following this, the Firebirds travel to Whangarei to play the Northern Knights from 14-17 February, before returning home to host the Otago Volts at the Basin Reserve from 20-23 February in their last four-dayer of the season.
The Firebirds open their Ford Trophy One-Day campaign at home at the Basin on 26 February.