Firebirds

Recognition to go with the trophy?

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The prize is in the cabinet, but Wellington haven't been immediately rewarded for their winning cricket.

Gillespie eyes Windies tour

Mark Gillespie

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Mark Gillespie has a long and evolving to-do list and on top of that is touring the West Indies.

Patel backed for Black Caps

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Wellington skipper says Jeetan Patel should be the second spinner in the NZ test squad for the West Indies.

Cricket 'franchises' may be next

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A piece of James Franklin and Michael Pollard might one day be yours - for the right price.

Ronchi wakes up just in time

 Luke Ronchi and Luke Woodcock

The victorious Firebirds' man of the hour so nearly fell asleep at the wheel.

Firebirds end 10-year wait

Jeetan Patel wields the bottle of bubbly as Wellington celebrate their first national cricket title in a decade at Mt Maunganuiā€™s Bay Oval.

They took the longest, toughest route to the final then washed away their self-doubt in a sea of bubbly. Drought broken.

Firebirds scorch Knights

Ronchi seals deal for Wellington

Luke Woodcock and Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi played drought-breaker for the Wellington Firebirds in Mount Maunganui today.

Trophy drought embarrasses

Luke Woodcock

The beer and bubbly stains have long faded from the Basin Reserve dressing room walls.

Ronchi bolsters Firebirds for final

Luke Ronchi

Wellington will be at full strength for the national one-day final with return of Black Caps keeper.

Firebirds fired up for final

James Franklin

Black Caps' early return from World T20 throws a curve ball for domestic final, but Wellington skipper not fazed.

Firebirds take a win

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The Wellington Firebirds are just one win away from breaking a 10-year title-less drought.

Heat on to end title drought

Michael Papps

Firebirds feeling the pressure to claim their first national cricket title since winning the Plunket Shield in 2003-04.

Firebirds brush aside Auckland in semi

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The Wellington Firebirds have moved to within one victory of the national one-day cricket final with a win over Auckland.

Top Wellington cricketers honoured

James Franklin

Annual cricketing honours are in and James Franklin and Sophie Divine have claimed Wellington's top prizes.

Firebirds lose to Auckland

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Wellington surrendered home advantage to Auckland for Sunday's sudden-death semifinal at Eden Park.

Firebirds await fate

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It's another day at the office for the Wellington Firebirds. A season that began 150 days ago on October 27 is drawing to a close.

Win a bonus for Firebirds

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Wellington ended Central Districts' season at the Basin Reserve yesterday, and believe their own is just beginning.

Woodcock adds icing to the cake

Luke Woodcock

Luke Woodcock celebrated his 32nd in style after helping revive Wellington's one-day title hopes.

Firebirds clinch win

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One-day table-toppers Northern Knights went down to the Wellington Firebirds in Hamilton today, despite a fine century from captain Daniel Flynn.

Batsmen need to fire up

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The Firebirds have three 50-over matches remaining to revive their flatlining season, starting against frontrunners Northern Districts.

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