LINCOLN FESTIVAL MAKE-OR-BREAK FOR NORTHERN DISTRICTS
The next week is pivotal for Northern Districts and their Ford Trophy aspirations.
After fighting their way back into the competition, they depart for Lincoln, where they will be based for the next week as they undertake an intense schedule of three matches in five days, alongside the other teams.
With Northern Districts’ recent resurgence and mixed results for the other sides, the Ford Trophy table is beginning to look congested, making the next week important for every side.
Taking this into account, Lincoln is sure to see some fireworks, and Northern Districts captain, Dean Brownlie, is looking forward to Northern Districts continuing their good form and partaking in the festival of cricket.
“We’re excited to keep our momentum going with these three games in five days.
“After our slow start, we’re now where we need to be. The guys are putting in good performances across the park, which you can see in our results.”
Northern Districts first match is against Canterbury tomorrow; a rematch from the most recent Ford Trophy round on Saturday, where Northern Districts triumphed by three wickets.
This continued Northern Districts’ recent history of good performances against Canterbury, which has seen them win five of the last seven games against the South Islanders. Continuing this record will set Northern Districts up for the most crucial week of their Ford Trophy campaign.
Brownlie recognises both the difficulties and opportunities represented by the upcoming week.
“The Lincoln round poses unique challenges with the condensed schedule, but as long as the guys keep contributing across the board, we should have a good week in Lincoln.”
NORTHERN DISTRICTS FORD TROPHY SQUAD FOR CENTRAL LINCOLN ROUND
(ROUNDS SEVEN-NINE, NOVEMBER 14 – 18)
Dean Brownlie (c) Bay of Plenty
James Baker Hamilton
Peter Bocock Hamilton
Joe Carter Bay of Plenty
Henry Cooper Northland
Anton Devcich Hamilton
Zak Gibson Waikato Valley
Brett Hampton Bay of Plenty
Nick Kelly Counties Manukau
Daryl Mitchell Hamilton
Bharat Popli Bay of Plenty
Brett Randell Northland
Joe Walker Hamilton
Round Seven: v Canterbury, Wednesday, November 14, 11am, Hagley Oval
Round Eight: v Otago Volts, Friday, November 16, 11am, Lincoln No. 3, Lincoln University
Round Nine: v Auckland Aces, Sunday, November 18, 11am, Lincoln No. 3, Lincoln University
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