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The Wellington Firebirds will be eyeing a fourth Ford Trophy win in a row when they travel South to take on the in-form Otago Volts at University of Otago Oval in Dunedin tomorrow.

The Firebirds strengthened their grip on top spot of the Ford Trophy ladder on Wednesday with an impressive 120-run victory over the Auckland Aces at the Basin Reserve, thanks largely to a tight bowling display that left Auckland all out for just 158 off 41 overs.

The Firebirds have yet again named an unchanged lineup, a clear sign of a team that is in form and full of confidence.

Devon Conway and Jimmy Neesham both continued their form with the bat against Auckland. Conway was unlucky not to reach his second century of the campaign with a well-made 94 and Neesham reached 50 for the third time in four innings with a solid 67 off 46.

The Firebirds bowling attack is also humming, led by captain Hamish Bennett who leads the Firebirds wicket tally with 13.

Malcolm Nofal was pivotal in the win over Auckland, taking three wickets for 28 runs off seven overs, including two wickets in two balls which tied down the Auckland middle-order.

Firebirds coach Glenn Pocknall said the team were focused on getting better and better with every game.

"The team are performing well from an outcome perspective and our focus is always on constant improvement," he said.

"Every match different players have made valuable contributions and have taken responsibility for their roles."

Otago come in to the game looking to stretch their own winning streak after winning the Southern derby against Canterbury on Wednesday by 62 runs and beating the Central Stags by 16 runs last weekend.

The Volts currently sit second on the ladder and have been the surprise package of the Ford Trophy campaign lead by some impressive performances with the bat by Hamish Rutherford.

Rutherford notched a match-winning 154 off 141 balls against Canterbury, his second century of the campaign.

Both sides head to Christchurch following this game for the central round of fixtures where all teams will play three games in five days at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre in Lincoln.

Play begins at 11am.

Wellington Firebirds squad | Ford Trophy | Round Six v Otago Volts

Hamish Bennett (captain)

Jakob Bhula

Michael Bracewell

Devon Conway

Andrew Fletcher

Lauchie Johns

Iain McPeake

Jimmy Neesham

Ollie Newton

Malcolm Nofal

Ben Sears

Peter Younghusband

Round Five Ford Trophy

Otago Volts v Wellington Firebirds

11am Saturday 10 Nov 2018

University of Otago Oval, Dunedin

Live scoring: visit nzc.nz

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter updates: @wgtnfirebirds

Official hashtags: #FordTrophy #BirdsOnFire

Click here to see the 2018/2019 Ford Trophy schedule.

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