The 17th match of the Ford Trophy 2019-20 will be played between Auckland and Canterbury at the Colin Maiden Park in Auckland.
The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (10:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (3:30 AM IST).
Auckland is currently leading the table with 20 points in the ongoing tournament. They will look to come up with some impressive performances on the back of their high profile players. Moreover, they have a big opportunity to consolidate their position in the points table. In batting, they have Will O’ Donnell, Craig Cachopa, and Finn Allen that will be responsible to score runs with the bat for their side. On the other hand, their bowling unit also looks quite stable going into the next match.
Canterbury is also not very far from Auckland in the points table. They are ranked second with 16 points in the league table. They will look to give a tough fight to the table-toppers in order to grab the first position in the ongoing tournament. They boast of a strong batting line-up that comprises of Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle and Henry Nicholls, who did a commendable job in the recently concluded Super Smash 2019-20. They will look to replicate their performances in the upcoming clash against Auckland.
There are no chances of rain on the match day and the fans can expect a full-length game on Sunday. The wind will blow at a rate of 17 to 28 km/hr whereas the temperature will hover between 18 and 28 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
There is no idea on how the track at Colin Maiden Park will behave as it has not hosted a single game of Ford Trophy in the previous as well as in this season. But, looking forward to the firepower present in both the side, the fans can expect a 230+ run score from the side batting first. On the other hand, the side winning the toss will look to field first to be on the safer side.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
Injury and Availability:
(Will update if there is any news)
Probable Playing XIs:
Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Henry Nicholls, Steve Murdoch, Ken McClure, Andrew Ellis (C), Cameron Fletcher (WK), Henry Shipley, Andrew Hazeldine, Ed Nuttall, Will Williams.
Bench – Theo van Woerkom.
Jeet Raval, Finn Allen, Louis Delport, Will O’Donnell, Craig Cachopa (C), Sean Solia, Robert O’Donnell, Ryan Harrison, Ben Horne, Ben Lister, Danru Ferns
Bench – Matthew McEwan
Jack Boyle is currently the leading run-scorer with 256 runs in five games in the ongoing tournament. He will be an obvious pick for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. Andrew Hazeldine has done an impressive job with the ball in Ford Trophy 2019-20. He has grabbed 9 wickets in four games for his side that makes him an important player for any fantasy team. Jeet Raval will also be a handy pick in the bowlers’ category for any dream team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Robert O’Donnell, Jack Boyle, Andrew Ellis
Vice-Captain – Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Craig Cachopa
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Cameron Fletcher
Batters – Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle (C), Steve Murdoch, Craig Cachopa, Robert O’Donnell
All-Rounders – Andrew Ellis (VC), Sean Solia
Bowlers – Andrew Hazeldine, Ben Lister, Ed Nuttall
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Cameron Fletcher
Batters – Jeet Raval, Craig Cachopa, Henry Nicholls, Robert O’Donnell (C)
All-Rounders – Andrew Ellis, Sean Solia (VC)
Bowlers – Danru Ferns, Ben Lister, Ed Nuttall
Try and pick the top order from Canterbury while picking your Dream11 Fantasy team as they had done a brilliant job in the recently concluded Super Smash 2019-20. They will look to replicate the same form in their first game of this season for the year 2020. On the other hand, Auckland is without their star players like Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who are currently playing in the ongoing T20I series against India.
Canterbury might win the game against Auckland.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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