Firebirds

Blundell stars for New Zealand XI

New Zealand XI 215 (Blundell 77, Young 60; Behrendorff 3-34, Cummins 3-36, Coulter-Nile 3-44) lost to Australian XI 219-9 (Finch 52, Warner 39; Henry 3-40, Astle 2-32, Neesham 2-56) by one wicket at Allan Border Field in Brisbane Tom Blundell proved his international credentials with an impressive 77 for New Zealand XI in a nail biting first...

Blundell, Neesham offered central BLACKCAPS contracts

Wellington Firebirds Jimmy Neesham and Tom Blundell have both been offered central BLACKCAPS contracts for the 2019/20 cricket season. Neesham, centrally contracted in 2016-17 and 2017-18, was not included in last year’s muster but receives an offer for the upcoming year on the back of strong performances for Wellington, and...

Canterbury withdraws from Plunket Shield match

Canterbury has withdrawn from its final Plunket Shield match of the season in response to yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch. Canterbury’s final four-day match against the Wellington Firebirds, scheduled to begin at the Basin Reserve tomorrow, has been cancelled. Canterbury Cricket CEO Jeremy Curwin said his organisation had conducted a...

Wellington legend Woodcock to retire

Wellington Firebirds allrounder Luke Woodcock will retire from cricket at the end of the season. The 36-year-old announced the decision to his Firebirds teammates following their Plunket Shield match against Otago on Tuesday, calling time on a career spanning 17 seasons. “It just feels right at this stage to move...