Wellington Firebirds named debutant Michael Snedden in their playing XI against Canterbury on Tuesday in the ongoing Plunket Shield, making him New Zealand's first fourth generation first-class cricketer. <p></p> <p></p>Snedden is following in the footsteps of father Martin Snedden (Auckland 1977/78-1989/90), grandfather Warwick Snedden (Auckland 1946/47) and great-grandfather Nessie Snedden (Auckland 1909/10-1927/28). Both Martin and Nessie Snedden represented New Zealand, Nessie having captained his country. <p></p> <p></p>Michael Snedden made his Domestic debut for the Auckland Aces last season, playing two Ford Trophy matches, but did not play first-class cricket for the side before switching to Wellington. <p></p> <p></p>He is the sixth cricketer overall from the Snedden family to play first-class cricket, which also includes another of Nessie's sons Colin (Auckland 1938/39-1947/48) - a Test representative who also went on to distinguish himself as a cricket commentator; and Nessie's brother Cyril Snedden (Auckland 1920/21). <p></p> <p></p>Canterbury captain Cole McConchie won the toss, sending in early leaders the Wellington Firebirds in the first of the second round matches at a seam-friendly Basin Reserve this morning. <p></p> <p></p>Quick Ed Nuttall struck in just his second over of the day, trapping Andrew Fletcher at 1/1 in the fourth over, with Matt Henry following up in the next over, Fraser Colson caught behind to have the hosts 5/2. The Firebirds were the only side to bag the maximum points from Round One while Canterbury is looking to secure its first outright after a weather-interrupted draw to start their summer.