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ACES confident ahead of Super Smash final


ACES confident ahead of Super Smash final

Praneel HiraAces

The Auckland ACES will carry forward the same squad of 13 for Sunday’s Dream11 Super Smash final against the Wellington Firebirds at the Basin Reserve. 

Skipper Craig Cachopa said it has taken a lot for the ACES to reach the final.

“I am extremely proud of the courage and passion the side have mustered under a lot of pressure.”

“Winning those close games is never easy and it shows that there is plenty of belief in the group.”

After Friday night’s late rally by Ronnie Hira and Robert O’Donnell, the ACES travel to Wellington full of the confidence that a close win can bring. 

Wicketkeeper Ben Horne knows a thing or two about boosting morale and believes Friday’s Elimination Final win will do just that.

“Winning close ones like yesterday’s Eliminator does great things for belief and team morale, so we are absolutely raring to go.”

Horne is delighted with the way the ACES have found a way to win in recent times.

“It means a lot that the boys have come together and executed our skills so thoroughly in the last few matches.”

‘It shows a massive resilience to keep getting back on the horse and backing each other to do the business.”

ACES opening bowler Kyle Jamieson said the side cannot afford to stray from what has worked so far.

“It’s important for us to stay in the moment.

“We understand that with finals comes extra pressure and heightened thoughts and feelings. It’s about embracing the pressure and bringing ourselves back to the needs of the team and each of our roles as players.”

Cachopa appreciated that opportunity in front of the ACES and the HEARTS.

“We’re looking forward to the final. They don’t come everyday, so we’ll make sure we enjoy the occasion.

“We’re also supporting the HEARTS and we’ll be hoping the girls can start the day off in a winning way for Auckland.”

Auckland ACES vs. Wellington Firebirds
Sunday 19 January
Basin Reserve
4.10 pm 

ACES SQUAD | Dream11 Super Smash Final vs. Firebirds
Craig Cachopa (c)
Corey Anderson
Mark Chapman
Martin Guptill
Ronnie Hira
Ben Horne
Kyle Jamieson
Ben Lister
Mitchell McClenaghan
Colin Munro  
Robert O’Donnell
Glenn Phillips
Will Somerville