2019/20 ELIMINATION FINAL
11AM | THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
It's down to three - and by the end of this Thursday, only two teams will be left standing.
The first of The Ford Trophy Finals is nearly here, Canterbury set to host southern rivals the Otago Volts tomorrow (Thursday) at Hagley Oval in a sudden-death playoff to join top qualifier the Auckland Aces in Sunday's televised Grand Final.
It will be the third time this summer that the two sides have gone head to head at Hagley Oval, going in with a 1-1 ledger from the regular season.
The match is free admission with gates open from 10am. Hosts Canterbury have made just one change to the squad that was named before they thumped the Central Stags by nine wickets to secure the 2v3 knockout hosting rights as second qualifier, although they have also missed out on regaining the valuable services of regular captain Cole McConchie who has broken an arm in a New Zealand A training session.
Experienced left-arm quick Ed Nuttall replaces Fraser Sheat in the 13, Canterbury stand-in captain Andrew Ellis looking to stay on track to reclaim the trophy he last lifted won three seasons ago, when he was the regular captain at the Grand Final in Rangiora against the Firebirds and his side finally broke a lengthy one-day title drought.
The Volts are also no strangers to a List A title drought, having last won the trophy in 2009.
Southern hopes were high after they were last summer's top qualifiers, the Volts contesting a gripping Grand Final on a Dunner-stunner day in Dunedin.
It was regarded as one of greatest Grand Finals yet, but ultimately, they were nudged for the crown by the Firebirds.
While the Firebirds went on to pick up this season's Dream11 Super Smash trophy, they are no longer in contention for the 50 overs honours this season so, no matter what the result of tomorrow's game, New Zealand will have a new Ford Trophy champion in 2020.
The Volts have expanded their 12 from the last round to 13, regaining New Zealand A stars Hamish Rutherford, Nathan Smith and Michael Rae at the expense of Cam Hawkins and Angus McKenzie.
Road to the Elimination Final
ROUND 1 - no result v Central Stags in Palmerston North, conceded 349/4 before rain
ROUND 2 - beat Northern Districts by 83 runs at Hamilton
ROUND 3 - beat Otago Volts by 117 runs in Christchurch
ROUND 4 - beat Northern Districts by 1 run in Christchurch
ROUND 5 - beat Auckland Aces by 184 runs in Christchurch
ROUND 6 - beat Auckland Aces by 4 runs in Auckland (Colin Maiden Park)
ROUND 7 - lost to Wellington Firebirds by 6 wickets at Wellington
ROUND 8 - lost to Wellington Firebirds by 22 runs at Wellington
ROUND 9 - lost to Otago Volts by 23 runs in Christchurch
ROUND 10 - beat Central Stags by 9 wickets in New Plymouth
Road to the Elimination Final
ROUND 1 - beat Northern Districts by 28 runs DLS at Hamilton
ROUND 2 - lost to Wellington Firebirds by 5 wickets at Queenstown
ROUND 3 - lost to Canterbury by 117 runs in Christchurch
ROUND 4 - lost to Auckland Aces by 97 runs in Lincoln
ROUND 5 - beat Wellington Firebirds by 2 runs in Lincoln
ROUND 6 - beat Central Stags by 125 runs in Dunedin
ROUND 7 - lost to Central Stags by 55 runs in Nelson
ROUND 8 - match abandoned against Northern Districts in Dunedin
ROUND 9 - beat Canterbury by 23 runs in Christchurch
ROUND 10 - beat Auckland Aces by 210 runs in Dunedin
Competition Winner: Auckland Aces
|Played||Won||Lost||Tied||No Result||Abandoned||Bonus Points||Total Points||Net Run Rate|
|1 –||Auckland Aces||10||6||4||0||0||0||4||28||0.46|
|3 –||Otago Volts||10||5||4||0||0||1||2||24||0.21|
|6 –||Central Stags||10||2||7||0||1||0||0||10||-0.84|