Wellington cricket team

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Wellington
Wellington Firebirds logo.png
One-day name: Wellington Firebirds
Captain: New Zealand Michael Papps
Coach: New Zealand Bruce Edgar
Founded: 1873
Home ground: Basin Reserve
Wellington Regional Stadium
Capacity: 34,500
First-class debut: Auckland
in 1873
at Wellington
Official website: Wellington Firebirds

The Wellington Firebirds are one of six New Zealand first-class cricket teams that make up New Zealand Cricket. It is based in Wellington. It competes in the Plunket Shield first class (4-day) competition, the Ford Trophy domestic one day competition and the McDonald's Super Smash.

Honours[edit]

1923-24, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1935–36, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1973-74, 1981-82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1989–90, 2000–01, 2003-04.

1973-74, 1974–75, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2001-02, 2013-14.

2014-15, 2016-17

Grounds[edit]

Home games are usually played at the Basin Reserve ground in Wellington, which is also used by the OBU senior club rugby side during the offseason. Wellington also occasionally use Westpac Stadium for Day/Night matches and play First Class games at Karori Park when the Basin Reserve is unavailable.

Current squad[edit]

Wellington Firebirds squad for the 2016-17 season.[1] Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Fraser Colson New Zealand (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 27) Right handed Right arm off break
Stephen Murdoch New Zealand (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 33) Right handed Right arm Medium
3 Michael Papps New Zealand (1979-07-02) 2 July 1979 (age 37) Right handed Right arm Medium ODI and First Class Test Captain

Occasional Wicket-Keeper

Michael Pollard New Zealand (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 27) Right handed
9 Hamish Marshall New Zealand (1979-02-15) 15 February 1979 (age 38) Right handed Right arm Medium T20 Captain
All-rounders
44 Grant Elliott New Zealand (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 38) Right handed Right arm Medium Twenty20 Only
Matt Taylor New Zealand (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 25) Right handed Right arm Fast-medium
Luke Woodcock New Zealand (1982-02-19) 19 February 1982 (age 35) Left handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Wicket-keepers
36 Tom Blundell New Zealand (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 26) Right handed
54 Luke Ronchi New Zealand (1981-04-23) 23 April 1981 (age 35) Right handed NZC contract
Bowlers
15 Brent Arnel New Zealand (1979-01-03) 3 January 1979 (age 38) Right handed Right arm Fast-medium
45 Hamish Bennett New Zealand (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 30) Left handed Right arm Medium-fast
9 Iain McPeake New Zealand (1991-05-24) 24 May 1991 (age 25) Right handed Right arm Medium-fast
33 Ollie Newton New Zealand (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 28) Left handed Right arm Medium
5 Jeetan Patel New Zealand (1980-05-07) 7 May 1980 (age 36) Right handed Right arm Off break
25 Anurag Verma New Zealand (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 26) Right handed Right arm Fast-medium
19 Luke Woodcock New Zealand (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 26)
17 Peter Younghusband New Zealand (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 27) Right handed Right arm Leg break

Notable players[edit]

Records[edit]

See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016-17 Firebirds Squad - Cricket Wellington". Cricket Wellington. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 

External links[edit]