Andrew Fletcher raised a ton for the second time in his first three Ford Trophy appearances. PHOTOSPORT

Fletcher goes again!



Basin Reserve

31 October 2018


RESULT: Wellington Firebirds won by 193 runs

The Wellington Firebirds wasted no time in bouncing back from a cruel loss against the Auckland Aces, and it was the up-and-down Otago Volts who paid the price.

Home at the Basin, the Firebirds crushed the Volts with a 193-run victory, the largest winning margin (by runs) in the Firebirds' List A history.

The previous record had been a margin of 186, all the way back in the 1971/72 season when their predecessors had played host to the Aucklanders.

Now, in just his third appearance for the team, new opening batting sensation Andrew Fletcher was again propelling the Firebirds forward, from the top: the 25-year-old suddenly has two centuries from his first three Ford Trophy knocks!


All the more remarkable was the South African-born right-hander did it after Volts co-captain Mark Craig had won the toss and sent the hosts in, but it was the capital's cricketers in control early doors, and throughout the match.

Fletcher reached 125 this time, which was more than the Volts managed all put together. And, not even his career best.

Fabulous Fletcher gives it the full launch. PHOTOSPORT

Despite the early loss of Malcolm Nofal, he had solid support from Devon Conway (74) and an unbeaten Michael Bracewell (66*) as the form-horse Firebirds racked up an imposing tally of 301 for six.

Wickets came too late for Jacob Duffy, whose 50th List A wicket brought little joy, and the Volts' reply was a painful affair.

After a superb knock in Hamilton, Rutherford was a key target. PHOTOSPORT

Opening batsman Hamish Rutherford was coming off a match-winning century in the previous round and clung on this time to top-score with just 44, before becoming the seventh wicket to fall after he was caught down the leg side attempting a pull against Hamish Bennett.

Bennett had claimed fellow opener Mitch Renwick in his two-for and Jimmy Neesham chimed in with 3-17 off just seven overs against his former team as the Volts lurched from one calamity to the next.

Jimmy Neesham hit his straps against his former teammates. PHOTOSPORT

Rolled for 108, they will need to go rapidly back to the drawing board before their first home match at Dunedin's University of Otago Oval, against the Central Stags this Sunday.

Meanwhile, Andrew Fletcher remains the toast of Wellington with a batting average of 146.50 and aggregate of 293 runs from his three innings to date. Not a bad start to one's career.

Competition Winner: Wellington Firebirds

Played Won Lost Tied No Result Abandoned Bonus Points Total Points Net Run Rate
1 Otago Volts 10 7 3 0 0 0 2 30 -0.17
2 Wellington Firebirds 10 6 3 0 1 0 3 29 0.96
3 Auckland Aces 10 5 5 0 0 0 1 21 -0.41
4 Northern Districts 10 4 4 0 1 1 0 20 -0.28
5 Central Stags 10 3 5 0 0 2 1 17 0.04
6 Canterbury 10 2 7 0 0 1 1 11 -0.11

Order in the Table Determined by: 1. Total Points, 2. Number of Wins, 3. Number of Bonus Points, 4. Net Run Rate (NRR - NRR For minus NRR Against over the whole competition)

Points Awarded: Won - 4, Lost - 0, Tied - 2, No Result - 2, Abandoned - 2, Bonus Point (Run Rate 1.25x Opponents') - 1

Most Runs

1A Fletcher618
2J Neesham503
3C Bowes414
4Craig Cachopa412
5D Conway411
6H Rutherford393
7S Solia383
8N Broom380
9G Hay351
10S Murdoch340

Most Wickets

1H Bennett28
2J Duffy25
3O Newton20
4M Bacon16
5M McClenaghan15
6M Rippon14
7=C McConchie13
7=J Neesham13
9=A Devcich12
9=M Nofal12