7 Apr 2014

Firebirds end 10-year trophy drought

1:03 pm on 7 April 2014

The Wellington Firebirds have won their first domestic cricket trophy in 10 years, beating the Northern Knights by four wickets in the one-day final at Mount Maunganui.

Set 233 for victory, the Wellington captain James Franklin top scored with 75 before his wicket keeper Luke Ronchi hit 41 off 32 balls including the winning runs.

The Wellington coach Jamie Siddons says all season Franklin has lead by example.

Siddons says Franklin was able to dictate the pace of the game during the run chase and can be proud of himself for leading Wellington to the victory.

He says the Firebirds were fortunate to have Luke Ronchi back from international duty with the Black Caps to help them lift the trophy.

The Knights spin bowler Mitchell Santner claimed two wickets for 35 runs from 10 overs while the pace bowler Trent Boult was expensive taking one for 53 off nine.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Knights lost their openers cheaply before the wicket keeper BJ Watling steadied the ship with a half century.

He was supported by Brad Wilson who top scored for the Knights with 68, before both batsmen were removed by Wellington's veteran spin bowler Luke Woodcock.

Northern Districts were 232 for nine at the end of fifty overs.

Pace bowler Brent Arnel was the best of the Firebird's bowlers taking three wickets for 30 runs off nine overs, while Mark Gillespie claimed three for 46 off 10.

The victory gave Wellingon their first one-day trophy in 12 years.