Plunket Shield resumes this week

Grant Elliott appealing against Canterbury at Rangiora in their match there in March 2011.

The Wellington Firebirds fold away the coloured clothing and don the flannels to play the Canterbury Wizards in Rangiora this week in their second Plunket Shield four-day match of the season.

The Firebirds head into their second Plunket Shield fixture of the season hoping to complete their second straight four-day victory after their opening round 5-wicket win over the Central Stags in Napier at the end of October.

In that match, Jesse Ryder hit scores of 136 and 174 not out as the Firebirds chased down 342 in just 67 overs on the final afternoon.

In the Wizards, the Firebirds meet a team that went close to defeating the Otago Volts in Dunedin last week, the match finishing in a draw late on day four with Otago 203 for 7 chasing 235 to win.

Local North Canterbury batting hero Peter Fulton scored twin centuries in last week’s match against Otago and he will be eager to repeat the dose after his side lost outright in their previous four-dayer - also to Otago and also at the venue of this clash at picturesque Mainland Oval in Rangiora.

For the Firebirds, this is the second of three consecutive early season Plunket Shield matches played away from home.  Following this, they play the Auckland Aces at Eden Park’s revamped Outer Oval next week before hosting their first home four-dayer of the summer at Karori Park against the Central Stags at Karori Park between 10-13 December.

The Firebirds squad of 13 named to play the Canterbury Wizards this week is:

Stephen Murdoch (Captain, Karori)
Harry Boam (Karori)
*Josh Brodie (Eastern Suburbs)
Grant Elliott (Naenae Old Boys)
Mark Gillespie (North City)
Dane Hutchinson (North City)
Scott Kuggeleijn (Wellington Collegians)
Andy McKay (Karori)
Michael Papps (Wellington Collegians)
Michael Pollard (North City)
Luke Ronchi (Johnsonville)
Jesse Ryder (Naenae Old Boys)
Luke Woodcock (Johnsonville)

*One player will be omitted once Josh Brodie's fitness has been determined.

Match Information:

What: Wellington Firebirds v Canterbury Wizards, Plunket Shield round 2 of 10
Where: Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
When: Monday 19 November - Thursday 22 November
Match details: Start times 10.30am. Live scoring on this website.

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