Ford Trophy 2023-24 starts on November 25 – full schedule

New Zealand’s premier List A domestic limited-overs cricket competition, the Ford Trophy 2023-24, is all set to commence on November 25 and will run through February 24. Organized by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), this tournament will witness six teams battling it out in a total of 32 thrilling 50-over matches.

Participating Teams

The six teams competing in the Ford Trophy 2023-24 are:

  • Auckland Aces
  • Canterbury
  • Central Stags
  • Northern Districts
  • Otago Volts
  • Wellington Firebirds

Tournament Format

As per the Ford Trophy 2023-24 schedule, the teams will engage in a double round-robin format. Each side will play against the other five twice, leading to a total of 30 league matches. The team securing the top spot in the standings at the conclusion of the league stage will directly qualify for the final.

The second and third-placed teams will battle it out in the Eliminator, with the winner earning the other spot in the summit clash.

Defending Champions

The Central Stags, formerly known as Central Districts, are the defending champions of the Ford Trophy. In the 2022-23 final, they emerged victorious by defeating Canterbury with a convincing six-wicket margin.

Ford Trophy 2023-24 teams and squads

Auckland Aces: Adithya Ashok, George Worker, Robert O’Donnell, Simon Keene, William O’Donnell, Harjot Johal, Ryan Harrison, Sean Solia, Cam Fletcher (wicket-keeper), Cole Briggs (wicket-keeper), Quinn Sunde (wicket-keeper), Benjamin Lister, Danru Ferns, Louis Delport, Matthew Gibson, Yahya Zeb

Canterbury: Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Matt Boyle, Mitchell Hay (wicket-keeper), Rhys Mariu, Zakary Foulkes, Cole McConchie, Henry Shipley, Michael Rippon, Angus McKenzie, Edward Nuttall, Fraser Sheat, Michael Rae, Sean Davey, William O’Rourke

Central Stags: Greg Hay, Jack Boyle, Tom Bruce, William Clark, Brad Schmulian, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Josh Clarkson, Bayley Wiggins (wicket-keeper), Curtis Heaphy (wicket-keeper), Dane Cleaver (wicket-keeper), Ajaz Patel, Brett Randell, Jayden Lennox, Liam Dudding, Ray Toole

Northern Districts: Bharat Popli, Henry Cooper, Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Katene Clarke, Kristian Clarke, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Seifert (wicket-keeper), Frederick Walker, Joe Walker, Matthew Fisher, Scott Johnston, Tim Pringle, Zak Gibson

Otago Volts: Dale Phillips, Hamish Rutherford, Llew Johnson, Ollie White, Thorn Parkes, Dean Foxcroft, Jacob Cumming, Luke Georgeson, Max Chu (wicket-keeper), Andrew Hazeldine, Ben Lockrose, Jacob Duffy, Jake Gibson, Jarrod McKay, Matthew Bacon, Travis Muller

Wellington Firebirds: James Hartshorn, Jesse Tashkoff, Nick Greenwood, Nick Kelly, Tim Robinson, Troy Johnson, Muhammad Arslan Abbas, Rachin Ravindra, Callum McLachlan (wicket-keeper), Gareth Severin (wicket-keeper), Ben Sears, Ian McPeake, Logan van Beek, Michael Snedden, Nathan Smith, Peter Younghusband

Historical Success

Canterbury stands as the most successful team in the history of the competition, having clinched the title on 15 occasions since the inaugural season in 1971-72. Auckland closely follows with 13 trophies to their name.

How to Watch in India

For cricket enthusiasts in India, live streaming of the Ford Trophy 2023-24 will be available on New Zealand Cricket’s YouTube channel. However, there will be no live telecast of the tournament on any TV channel in India.

Cricket fans can tune in to the official YouTube channel of New Zealand Cricket to catch the action live and stay updated on the thrilling encounters throughout the Ford Trophy 2023-24.

Ford Trophy 2023-24 schedule and live match start times

All timings are in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and DateMatchVenueTime
Saturday, November 25Central Stags vs Northern DistrictsSaxton Oval, Nelson3:00 AM
Saturday, November 25Otago Volts vs Auckland AcesQueen’s Park, Invercargill3:00 AM
Saturday, November 25Canterbury vs Wellington FirebirdsHagley Oval, Christchurch3:00 AM
Wednesday, November 29Auckland Aces vs Otago VoltsKennards Hire Community Oval, Auckland3:00 AM
Wednesday, November 29Central Stags vs CanterburyPukekura Park, New Plymouth3:00 AM
Wednesday, November 29Northern Districts vs Wellington FirebirdsSeddon Park, Hamilton3:00 AM
Sunday, December 3Canterbury vs Auckland AcesHagley Oval, Christchurch3:00 AM
Sunday, December 3Northern Districts vs Otago VoltsSeddon Park, Hamilton3:00 AM
Sunday, December 3Central Stags vs Wellington FirebirdsFitzherbert Park, Palmerston North3:00 AM
Thursday, December 7Northern Districts vs Auckland AcesCobham Oval, Whangarei3:00 AM
Thursday, December 7Wellington Firebirds vs CanterburyBasin Reserve, Wellington3:00 AM
Thursday, December 7Central Stags vs Otago VoltsPukekura Park, New Plymouth3:00 AM
Tuesday, December 12Otago Volts vs CanterburyQueen’s Park, Invercargill3:00 AM
Tuesday, December 12Northern Districts vs Central StagsCobham Oval, Whangarei3:00 AM
Wednesday, December 13Auckland Aces vs Wellington FirebirdsKennards Hire Community Oval, Auckland3:00 AM
Thursday, February 1Auckland Aces vs Northern DistrictsKennards Hire Community Oval, Auckland3:00 AM
Friday, February 2Wellington Firebirds vs Central StagsBasin Reserve, Wellington3:00 AM
Friday, February 2Canterbury vs Otago VoltsMainpower Oval, Rangiora3:00 AM
Tuesday, February 6Otago Volts vs Central StagsUniversity of Otago Oval, Dunedin3:00 AM
Tuesday, February 6Auckland Aces vs CanterburyKennards Hire Community Oval, Auckland3:00 AM
Tuesday, February 6Wellington Firebirds vs Northern DistrictsBasin Reserve, Wellington3:00 AM
Saturday, February 10Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Basin Reserve, Wellington3:00 AM
Saturday, February 10Central Stags vs Auckland AcesMcLean Park, Napier3:00 AM
Saturday, February 10Canterbury vs Northern DistrictsHagley Oval, Christchurch3:00 AM
Wednesday. February 14Otago Volts vs Northern DistrictsJohn Davies Oval, Queenstown3:00 AM
Wednesday. February 14Canterbury vs Central StagsHagley Oval, Christchurch3:00 AM
Wednesday. February 14Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland AcesBasin Reserve, Wellington3:00 AM
Sunday, February 18Otago Volts vs Wellington FirebirdsJohn Davies Oval, Queenstown3:00 AM
Sunday, February 18Northern Districts vs CanterburyBay Oval, Mount Maunganui3:00 AM
Sunday, February 18Auckland Aces vs Central StagsKennards Hire Community Oval, Auckland3:00 AM
Wednesday. February 21EliminatorTo be confirmed3:00 AM
Saturday, February 24Ford Trophy 2023-24 finalTo be confirmed3:00 AM

The upcoming tournament promises an exhilarating display of cricketing prowess, as teams compete for supremacy and the coveted Ford Trophy. As the cricketing fever builds up, fans across the globe eagerly await the intense clashes that will unfold in this prestigious List A competition.