Ford Trophy 2019-20: Match 26, Wellington vs Central Districts– Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Ford Trophy 2019-20: Match 26, Wellington vs Central Districts– Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

James Neesham has been picked in almost 70% of the teams. Do not pick him as he will be playing in the first ODI for New Zealand vs India.

George Worker
George Worker. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 26th match of the Ford Trophy 2019-20 will be played between Wellington and Central Districts at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (10:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (3:30 AM IST).

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

Wellington will host Central Districts in the match 26 of the ongoing Ford Trophy in New Zealand. The home side is at the third position at the moment with 16 points to their name after four wins and as many losses. The team has won two of its previous matches to resurrect its campaign and will have to win this game to stay in contention. Otago and Northern Districts are also in the hunt for the third spot and Wellington should be consistent in their trade.

The Central Districts, on the other hand, are already knocked out of the competition. They have only a couple of wins to show after eight matches and have lost five with the other one being a no result. Nevertheless, with nothing to lose the team will look to put its best foot and end the season on a high in the last two games.

Weather Report

Overnight rain is in the forecast in Wellington and it will be cloudy in the morning as well. It will remain cloudy throughout the day before the sun is expected to come out around 5 PM local time. The temperature will hover around 14-15 Degrees Celsius during the match according to AccuWeather.

Pitch Report

In the three matches this season so far, the team batting first has constantly gone past the 260-run mark comfortably and the scores have also been chased down later. This proves that the pitch at the Basin Reserve is very good for batting and once again, it should be a high-scoring game. The team winning the toss should look to bowl first.

Average first innings score: 269 (Three matches played at the venue in Ford Trophy 2019-20)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 1

Injury & Availability News

Tom Blundell and Jimmy Neesham of Wellington are part of New Zealand ODI squad for India series and they are not available. Jakob Bhula is injured while Brett Johnson has been left out.

Luke Georgeson, Ben Sears, Michael Snedden and Lauchie Johns are their replacements in the 12-man squad.

Central Districts skipper Tom Bruce and Ajaz Patel return to the 12-man squad. They replace Greg Hay and Jayden Lennox.

Probable Playing XIs


Andrew Fletcher, Luke Georgeson, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell (C), Lauchie Johns (WK), Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Ben Sears/Michael Snedden, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ian McPeake.

Bench – Ben Sears/Michael Snedden.

Central Districts

George Worker, Bayley Wiggins (WK), Ben Smith, Tom Bruce (C), Kieran Noema-Barnett, BD Schmulian, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel.

Bench – Josh Clarkson.

Top Picks

Devon Conway should be the first player in your Dream11 Fantasy team. He is in terrific form scoring 440 runs in eight innings at an average of 55 with a century and four half-centuries. The Wellington skipper Bracewell has also scored 265 runs at an average of 44.16 with three fifty-plus scores. On the bowling front, Logan van Beek (six wickets) and Ian McPeake (8 wickets) will be key for the home team.

George Worker’s all-round skills will be key in Dream11 Fantasy. Opening the innings for Central Districts, he has amassed 367 runs in seven innings at an average of 52.42 with a century and a couple of half-centuries. He has also picked 8 wickets in six innings. Noema-Barnett is also a good pick as he has scored 240 runs in five innings at an average of 60 with a couple of 50+ scores while he has four wickets to his name.

Wiggins scored 98 in the previous innings opening the innings. Bruce (208 runs in five innings) is also a decent player and can be picked. Seth Rance is another must-have player in your team as he has picked 16 wickets so far while Willem Ludick can also turn out to be a decent player.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – George Worker, Devon Conway, Kieran Noema Barnett

Vice-Captain Options – Willem Ludick, Michael Bracewell, Seth Rance

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Bayley Wiggins

Batters – Andrew Fletcher, Devon Conway (VC), Michael Bracewell, George Worker (C), Ben Smith

All-Rounders – Kieran Noema Barnett, Willem Ludick

Bowlers – Ian McPeake, Logan van Beek, Seth Rance.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Bayley Wiggins

Batters – Devon Conway, George Worker, Tom Bruce

All-Rounders – Jamie Gibson, BD Schmulian, Kieran Noema-Barnett (C), Willem Ludick (VC)

Bowlers – Ian McPeake, Peter Younghusband, Logan van Beek

Expert Advice

It is likely to be overcast for most parts of the day and the new ball will swing. Go with the pacers for this match who might make the ball talk.

James Neesham has been picked in almost 70% of the teams. Do not pick him as he will be playing in the first ODI for New Zealand vs India.

Probable Winners

Central Districts are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.