HRV Cup double-header weekend at the Basin



The Hell Wellington Firebirds host the Otago Volts on Friday and the Northern Knights on Sunday at the Hawkins Basin Reserve in a huge double-header weekend of HRV Cup Twenty20 matches.

Friday’s match against the Volts is a top of the table clash. Victory for the Firebirds against the Volts will guarantee them a spot in the all-important top three for the business end of the competition.

A win over the Knights on Sunday could send them automatically through to the final on 20 January as top qualifiers. The second and third placed qualifiers meet two days earlier to decide the second finalist.

Friday’s game starts at 4.30pm and Sunday’s game starts at 3.00pm, so head on down to support the Hell Firebirds in their quest to finish their HRV Cup round-robin campaign on a high.

Watch Tamim Iqbal open the batting on Friday in his sixth and final game for the Hell Wellington Firebirds before he leaves for the start of the Bangladeshi domestic Twenty20 competition. Tamim comes into this match against the Volts in hot form having scored 74 off 47 balls in the Firebirds’ win over the Canterbury Wizards in their last match on Sunday.

Tamin’s opening partner Jesse Ryder is comfortably the competition’s leading run-scorer with 417 runs in eight matches, so the fireworks could start early.

The Firebirds’ batting stocks will be further boosted by the return of Cameron Borgas to the side, in to play his third game of the HRV Cup campaign after playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash League over the past month.

On Sunday, Cricket Wellington will be donating $1 for every person that comes through the gate. There will also be a bucket collection going around the ground during the game.

Angus is a 5-year old boy with an inoperable brainstem tumour. Angus’s parents, former Taita club and Hutt Valley representative cricketer DaveLittle andWendy are fundraising to try and get Angus overseas for clinical trials to give Angus the chance of life that all kids deserve.

The Hell Wellington Firebirds squad for Friday’s match against the Volts is:

Grant Elliott (Captain, Naenae Old Boys)
Harry Boam (Karori)
Cameron Borgas (International Player)
Tipene Friday (North City)
Mark Houghton (Taita)
Dane Hutchinson (North City)
Tamim Iqbal (International Player)
Scott Kuggeleijn (Wellington Collegians)
Michael Papps (Wellington Collegians)
Luke Ronchi (North City)
Jesse Ryder (Naenae Old Boys)
Malaesaili Tugaga (Wellington Collegians)
Luke Woodcock (Johnsonville)



Match information Friday

What: Hell Wellington Firebirds v Otago Volts HRV Cup Twenty20
Where: Hawkins Basin Reserve
When: Friday 11 January 2013 from 4.30pm  (gates open at 3.30pm)
Tickets: For pre-sales visit Dash Tickets or at the gate

Match information Sunday

What: Hell Wellington Firebirds v Northern Knights HRV Cup Twenty20
Where: Hawkins Basin Reserve
When: Sunday 13 January 2013 from 3.00pm  (gates open at 2.00pm)
Tickets: For pre-sales visit Dash Tickets or at the gate

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