26 Jun, Sunday

ACES face stern Canterbury test for place in Ford Trophy playoffs


ACES face stern Canterbury test for place in Ford Trophy playoffs

Praneel HiraAces

The Auckland ACES Ford Trophy defence kicks up a gear this weekend taking on Canterbury in Rangiora.

With two rounds remaining, the ACES currently sit in third, four points behind leaders Canterbury and Northern Districts.

Cole Briggs will take his remarkable start to his Ford Trophy and ACES career on the road for the first time. The 23-year old narrowly missed out on becoming New Zealand’s first player to score two List-A hundreds in his first two matches, hitting 101 and 99 against Central Districts last weekend. 

Another new face in the ACES squad is Andrew Morrison after making a surprise debut as a COVID-19 replacement for Ben Horne in Round Eight. Horne returns to the side for the next two rounds, while Morrison retains his places with Sean Solia unavailable through injury.

ACES Head Coach Heinrich Malan said last week’s wins present an opportunity for his side.

“It’s a pretty tight competition at the moment.

“We’ve played some nice cricket over the last week. We know this is the business end and it is a nice opportunity for a side that hasn’t played a lot of cricket together.”

Malan is excited to see what his side can produce over the next three days. 

“It is another exciting opportunity for us to see some of the talent around Auckland. 

“Cole has come on board and obviously hit the ground running, while Sean’s injury creates another opportunity for Andy to come in and fill a role for us.”

“Hopefully we can string two more good performances together and head home on Monday with more Ford Trophy cricket to play.”

Auckland ACES vs. Canterbury
Friday 26th / Sunday 28th February
Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
11 AM

Auckland ACES | Ford Trophy vs. Canterbury
Robert O’Donnell (c)
Graeme Beghin
Cole Briggs
Louis Delport
Ryan Harrison
Ben Horne
Ben Lister
Andrew Morrison
Will O’Donnell
Ollie Pringle
Will Somerville
Ross ter Braak