Wellington cricket team

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One-day name: Wellington Firebirds
Captain: New Zealand Michael Papps
Coach: New Zealand Bruce Edgar
Founded: 1873
Home ground: Basin Reserve
Wellington Regional Stadium
Capacity: 34,500
First-class debut: Auckland
in 1873
at Wellington
Official website: Wellington Firebirds

The Wellington Firebirds are one of six New Zealand first-class cricket teams that make up New Zealand Cricket. It is based in Wellington. It competes in the Plunket Shield first class (4-day) competition, the Ford Trophy domestic one day competition and the HRV Cup.


1923-24, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1935–36, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1973-74, 1981-82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1989–90, 2000–01, 2003-04.

1973-74, 1974–75, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1990–91, 2001-02, 2013-14.



Home games are usually played at the Basin Reserve ground in Wellington, which is also used by the OBU senior club rugby side during the offseason. Wellington also play some First Class fixtures at Karori Park, and Twenty20 at Westpac Stadium when the Basin Reserve is unavailable.

Current Squad

Wellington Firebirds squad for the 2012-2013 season.[1] Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Joshua Brodie New Zealand LHB
Cameron Borgas Australia LHB
Tamim Iqbal[2] Bangladesh LHB Overseas player
Stephen Murdoch New Zealand RHB RM One-Day and First-Class Captain
Michael Papps New Zealand RHB Occasional Wicket-Keeper
Michael Pollard New Zealand RHB
Harry Boam New Zealand RHB RM
Grant Elliott New Zealand RHB RFM
Theo Doropoulos Australia RHB RFM
James Franklin New Zealand LHB LFM T20 Captain, Contracted to NZ
Chris Woakes England RHB RFM Overseas player
Luke Woodcock New Zealand LHB SLA
Craig Cachopa New Zealand RHB
Luke Ronchi New Zealand RHB
Tipene Friday New Zealand RHB RM
Mark Gillespie New Zealand RHB RFM New Zealand Test and ODI player
Dane Hutchinson New Zealand RHB RFM
Scott Kuggeleijn New Zealand RHB RM
Andy McKay New Zealand RHB LFM
Jeetan Patel New Zealand RHB OS New Zealand Test and ODI player
Ili Tugaga New Zealand LHB LM

Notable players

Main article: List of Wellington representative cricketers


See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records


  1. http://www.cricketwellington.co.nz/news/tipene-friday-offered-wellington-firebirds-contract/9905/article.aspx
  2. "Tamim signs up for Wellington". CricInfo. ESPN. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2012-10-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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