Auckland vs Wellington Prediction- Ford Trophy Preliminary Final
Wellington won by 3 wickets
- Date: November 28, 2018
- Time: 03:30 AM IST
- Venue: Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Betting Odds for Auckland vs Wellington Ford Trophy Preliminary Final
- Both Auckland and Wellington have one a game each out of their two previous ties against each other this season
- Colin Munroe is expected to be the best batsmen for Auckland with odds of 3.20 (win INR 320 wagering INR 100) and Andrew Fletcher is ahead for Wellington with the same odds. BET NOW
- Lachie Ferguson is expected to be Auckland’s best bowler with 2.40 (win INR 240 betting INR 100) odds and Hamish Bennett for Wellington with odds of 2.62 (win INR 262 betting INR 100) BET NOW
- For highest opening partnership the teams are tied at the same odds 1.90 (gain INR 190 betting INR 100) BET NOW
Ford Trophy Preliminary Final Teams Comparison
They were last year’s champions but Craig Cachopa’s side have been on and off during the season. While they started with a bang winning their first two games on a trot they suffered a dip in form during the middle stages of the tournament where they ended up losing three straight games. But the return of Colin Monroe who was on national duty strengthens their batting and they would look to win the next game and book a spot in the grand finale. Cachopa who has led them well would want to make sure the side plays to its potential and wins the upcoming game.
Ben Horne has had a good tournament opening the batting and with Collin Munroe back they have a good opening pair. Sean Solia and skipper Craig Cachopa have both done well in this season. With good contributions from Graeme Beghin and Michael Barry in the lower middle order they can hope to do well with the bat. Mitchell McClenaghan and Lockie Ferguson have been in good form with the ball this season but apart from them other bowlers have struggled. The likes of Danru Ferns and Matt McEwan will need to bowl well for the side to earn a place in the final.
Hamish Bennett’s boys have had a great season so far and they finished just one point short on the points table behind Otago which means that they have to play this preliminary final. After an indifferent start in the season the side came good when it all mattered and won three consecutive games in the middle. They have a good side with mix of youth and experience. They have one of the most well-balanced units in the tournament. With one game standing between them and the grand finale Bennett who has led the side inspirationally so far won’t like to drop guard.
Andrew Fletcher has been the top scorer this season with three hundreds to his name. However he hasn’t found a steady opening partner and the side has tried many combinations. Michael Bracewell has batted well and also James Neesham and Devon Conway. They have a good batting unit that will test the Auckland bowling attack. In the bowling department Bennett has led from the front and is highest wicket taker this season. Ollie Newton and Malcolm Nofal have also bowled and even Neesham has pitched with good performances. The bowling attack looks well to test the opponents in the upcoming game.
Our Prediction for Auckland vs Wellington Preliminary Final
Wellington is favourites to win this game
We have reached the business end of The Ford Trophy 2018. Otago by virtue of being the table toppers have already qualified from the finals and now it would be a duel between Wellington and Auckland that would decide the other team for the grand finale. Both Wellington and Auckland have played well this season especially Wellington who have displayed fine form in trying situations. As the teams take on each other at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland they won’t let the other win easily. It’s a do or die battle for both the sides and they are likely to give it their best.
While both sides are equally matched on paper Wellington have looked little better this season in trying situations and would start ahead of Auckland in the upcoming game.