JimmyGS vs. Lord Colin with the languid flicks.
Gareth Hopkins (Captain) (Parnell)
Michael Bates (Suburbs New Lynn)
Craig Cachopa (Takapuna)
Colin de Grandhomme (Howick Pakuranga)
Tipene Friday (Parnell)
Donovan Grobbelaar (Howick Pakuranga)
Anaru Kitchen (Waitakere City)
Robbie O'Donnell (Takapuna)
Matt Quinn (Cornwall)
Jeet Raval (Suburbs New Lynn)
Bhupinder Singh (Papatoetoe)
Jono Sole (Takapuna)Flynny Brad JoeC Daz BJ Santner JonoH JonoB Hampton G Kuggs Ish RagsI might bet on you at $1.92 there, ND. Try not to collapse against Quinn, CdG and Grobbelaar.Thirteen named for Sunday's game at Tron v Aces with Daz availability pending fitness test on his thumb
.In the only change for the Heinrich Malan-coached Stags, Roald Badenhorst comes in for batsman Greg Hay.
Assistant coach/manager Lance Hamilton said yesterday in keeping with a six-batsmen, five-bowler split including wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk, a seamer or spinner was likely to carry the drinks.
Last round's 12th man, Dane Cleaver, is playing but CD's problems are compounded with captain Kieran Noema-Barnett unable to bowl because of a groin injury.
With Bracewell injured and Carl Cachopa still nursing a hamstring, there's a dearth of allrounders who can bowl 10 overs.
"Carl is likely to join the squad when we fly straight from Christchurch to Auckland [on Monday] for the next round [against the Aces at Eden Park on Wednesday]," Hamilton said.CANTERBURY: Peter Fulton (c), Tom Latham (wk), George Worker, Dean Brownlie, Rob Nicol, Henry Nicholls, Andy Ellis, Simon Keen, Ryan McCone, Hamish Bennett, Matt McEwan, Todd Astle.
CD STAGS: Jamie How, Ben Smith, William Young, Kieran Noema-Barnett (c), Kruger van Wyk (wk), Dane Cleaver, Tarun Nethula, Seth Rance, Andrew Mathieson, Marty Kain, Bevan Small.Spinner Nathan McCullum and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham have joined the Black Caps for the ICC world twenty20 in Bangladesh later this month.
They have been replaced by Mark Craig and Sam Blakely. Craig is a regular starter in the first-class side but Blakely is a rookie.
He has played just the one one-day game for Otago and that was at the end of last summer. He took two for 57 against Canterbury. The 20-year-old took a break from training with the Volts earlier in the summer to concentrate on his studies. Upon returning he picked up a few injuries.
''It is only really now that he has been at 100% all summer,'' King said.
''But he has been training hard over the last couple of weeks and he is ready to play.''
Blakely, whose sister Caitlin plays for the Otago Sparks, has been troubled by an ankle, an elbow and a shoulder complaint. They have all been niggly injuries rather than anything serious.
Experienced batsman Neil Broom this week joined the swollen injury list which includes James McMillan and Jacob Duffy. He missed the match against Northern because of a sore knee and it is unclear how long he will be sidelined.
There is some relief in sight with seamer Ian Butler expected to play club cricket for University-Grange today.
Butler had a lumbar injection last month to help with inflammation and pain. He has been bowling in the nets but needs to get his workload up before being considered for Otago. He has been sidelined since the opening game of the summer.Otago: Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Michael Bracewell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Jesse Ryder, Sam Wells, Derek de Boorder (captain), Mark Craig, Neil Wagner, Bradley Scott, Nick Beard, Sam Blakely.
Wellington: James Franklin (captain), Brent Arnel, Tom Blundell, Grant Elliott, Mark Gillespie, Andy McKay, Steve Murdoch, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Matt Taylor, Luke Woodcock, Henry Walsh.
Last edited by Kippax; 08-03-2014 at 02:33 AM.
Awesome to see Cleaver play
Happy 30th birthday to Ross Taylor, by the way.
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
Quick payout on my Wuzids bet coming up. Poor old Stags.
Sounds like a great game at the Basin, the former NZ openers Papps & Redmond making 90's for their respective sides, good supporting innings from Murdoch & Blundell. Bracewell continuing his good form and some big hitting from Wells but Otago finish agonisingly short.
Also, good to see O'Donnell get a game for Auckland.
How filthy does Ellis' action look in that clip?
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