Wellington Firebirds have clinched their place in the final of the 2018-19 Ford Trophy by beating defending champions Auckland Aces by three wickets in the Elimination Final at Eden Park Outer Oval on Wednesday. The win, headlined by five wickets to Ollie Newton and an unbeaten career-best 120 from Jimmy Neesham , put Wellington in Saturday s Ford Trophy final against Otago Volts at University Oval in Dunedin. Chasing a target of 237 after Newton s 5/47 kept the Aces to 236 in 47.5 overs, Wellington won in 48.1 overs with Neesham hitting five sixes and 12 fours in his 107-ball hundred. ALSO READ: I want to play all three formats for New Zealand – Neesham This was the one-time New Zealand allrounder s second century in List A cricket – the first was also scored during this edition of the Ford Trophy – and came after the Firebirds had been reduced to 13/2 and 86/3. ALSO READ: Air New Zealand flight carrying Otago cricket team struck by lightning "I think James has really bought into the Wellington Firebirds environment and what we're doing. He got a hundred in Dunedin, but he didn't get us across the line and that… Read full this story
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