Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions
The Ford Trophy has reached its last stage with the sides looking to register some important wins before the league stage ends. The tournament commenced on 30th November with the final scheduled on 6th March.
On 26th February, Wellington Firebirds are set to face the challenge of Otago Volts in the Bain Reserve, Wellington. The hosts have so far won 4 games out of eight, occupying the 4th spot whereas Otago Volts are right behind them in 5th spot with 4 victories and 4 defeats.
According to odds provided by Bet365, the Firebirds are the hot favorites while the Volts have their task cut out.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: Team Recommendation
After analyzing the performance of each player in the recent past, it would be ideal to have an eleven with 1 WK, 3 Batsmen, 3 All-rounders and 4 bowlers.
Wicket-Keeper: Tom Blundell.
Batsmen: Troy Johnson, Nick Kelly and Dale Phillips.
All-rounders: Jakob Bhula, Michael Bracewell and Michael Rippon.
Bowlers: Ian McPeake, Peter Younghusband, Michael Rae and Jacob Duffy.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: Wicket-keepers
Tom Blundell is a vital top-order batsman in the eleven with vast experience in the domestic games. In addition to his average of 24.12 and a strike rate of 79.88, he has amassed close to 1238 runs and has affected 48 dismissals in 49 games for the Firebirds.
Max Chu has finally earned some confidence to unleash himself in the Ford Trophy after oing through the ranks. With a strike rate of over 150 and is someone who has finishing ability, he will be a valuable asset to the side.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: Batsmen
Troy Johnson has led from the front as a skipper. He has a healthy average of 47.16 in the List A but most importantly an impressive strike rate of 82.99 in 7 outings.
Fraser Colson is an irreplaceable middle order batsman who has time and again delivered for his side over a span of 12 games. He has two fifties and delivered 5 points with the willow.
Finn Allen who is playing as the pure batsmen has failed to get his List A career going with just 303 runs in 17 outings.
Nick Kelly will be an important middle order player for the side having played 46 List A games at an average of 33.73 and closing on 1500 runs.
The left-handed batsman Hamish Rutherford has been highly rated with his approach in white ball and has scored 3347 runs in his entire at a strike rate of 96.15.
Neil Broom is a much better batsman than what his career stats talk of. It is important for someone like him to really play without holding back for the side to post a good total.
Jakob Bhula has been a multi-dimensional candidate contributing on all fronts for the team. He pitched in with 127 points in his last game thanks to 47 runs and 3 wickets.
Dale Phillips is a valuable middle order batsman who managed to give 33 points against Canterbury.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: All-rounders
Michael Bracewell is a middle-order player for the side and is a regular 5th bowler with an economy of 4.83 in 99 games. In his last game he scored 64 runs and took one wicket.
Jamie Gibson has already proven his mettle in T20s but his stint in List A leagues is equally impressive as the all-rounder amassed over 350 runs with the bat and 5 wickets with the ball.
Michael Rippon will assume responsibility as an important all-rounder in this side. He plays a great role with the bat in grand fashion and regularly gives wickets with his spin bowling. He contributed 85 points against Canterbury.
Anaru Kitchen has played plenty of cricket in the domestic circuit that earned him a contract to the Otago Volts. He can bat well and can occasionally flex his muscles with the ball.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: Bowlers
Peter Younghusband is a frontline spinner in the side who makes great use of the crease to prevent the batsmen from scoring and in turn applies pressure on the opposition to take some risks. In his illustrious career, he has been responsible for 31 scalps at a strike rate of 47.30.
Logan van Beek bowled a good spell against Knights where he gave away 25 points. He had Ian McPeake for his company who is well versed with this format that has made him the strike bowler in the eleven. He ran through the batting lineup with the new ball but was slightly on the expensive side.
Jacob Duffy finally managed to find some form as he took 3 wickets in his last outing. He managed to contribute 75 points with the ball.
Michael Rae bowls right-arm fast and has bowled in similar conditions when he played for various domestic sides. Despite going for 5.98 runs per over in his List A career, he was the star of the last game after taking 4 wickets for just 39 runs.
Mitchell McClaneghan has a lot of experience having played across the world for several sides. He has taken 182 wickets in 101 games and has been a huge factor in team’s success over the years. In addition to this, his variations in the death are a major plus for the team.
Nathan Smith will play a crucial role for the side with plenty of experience aiding him. He has an average of 21.52 in ODIs with the bat and has taken 38 wickets at an economy of 5.42.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: WF vs OV Dream11 Team Predictions: Where to watch?
Even though the games are not televised, the Ford Trophy games can be viewed on Fancode mobile app and web browser with a subscription.