Schmulian in line for Aces debut

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Brad Schmulian has already skippered East Coast Bays to the T20 title and one day final this season

Leg spinning all-rounder Brad Schmulian is the new name in the Aces line-up for their last round Plunket Shield match against Canterbury starting tomorrow.

Schmulian comes in for off-spinner Bhupinder Singh who has a shoulder strain after a heavy workload in the Aces last game against the Otago Volts.

Schmulian has been a regular in the Auckland A side and has captained the team for much of the season. He has also been in outstanding form in club cricket with 44 wickets and over 600 runs for East Coast Bays.

The game against Canterbury offers little for both sides apart from the unwanted mantle of the wooden spoon with the Aces needing to make up five points on their rivals to avoid that fate.

The fixture also signals the start of Matt Horne's role as Aces coach for the remainder of the season and the former Blackcap is keen to get his first game in charge under way.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping the guys get the result in this game and trying to finish the season off well in the Ford Trophy. I know most of the guys pretty well and I think that will help in making it a smooth transition."

The 12 from which a team will be named for tomorrow's game is as follows:

Gareth Hopkins (Captain) (Parnell)
Michael Barry (Suburbs New Lynn)
Michael Bates (Suburbs New Lynn)
Craig Cachopa (Takapuna)
Colin de Grandhomme (Howick Pakuranga)
Lockie Ferguson (Parnell)
Michael Guptill-Bunce (Cornwall)
Dusan Hakaraia (Grafton United)
Anaru Kitchen (Waitakere City)
Bruce Martin (Parnell)
Matt Quinn (Cornwall)
Brad Schmulian (East Coast Bays)

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