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ACES fired up for Ford Trophy Final


ACES fired up for Ford Trophy Final

Praneel HiraAces

The Auckland ACES name a strong squad ahead of Sunday’s Ford Trophy Final against the Otago Volts at Eden Park Outer Oval. 

Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Phillips all return from international duty to bolster the round-robin leaders.  

The ACES last lifted the Ford Trophy in 2017/18, defeating the Central Stags by six wickets at Pukekura Park. From the starting XI that day, nine ACES have been named in the squad for Sunday’s Final.  

Interim Head Coach Doug Watson will take charge of the side for the Final, while Heinrich Malan will take on the assistant role after returning from his time with NZA. 

Watson is excited by the opportunity to lead the side once more. 

“There is real excitement and buzz in the group. We’ve known for some time that we were in the final and preparation has gone very well this week.

“It’s good to have the BLACKCAPS back. They are in form after a good series win against India. It has meant we have had some difficult decisions to make this week, but the guys we have selected are ready to go.” 

Watson also reflected on his time as Head Coach over the past few weeks. 

“I’ve loved leading this side. The guys have been committed and given me all that they can. It’s been a good experience and I look forward to doing it again.” 

Ben Lister, the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 21 scalps to his name, said the side are excited to play in another Final.  

“We’ve had a strong season. We’ve had some good games with Otago this summer, and they beat us a week ago, so we’ll be looking to turn the tables.”

 Louis Delport, in his first Ford Trophy campaign, has played an important role for the ACES and is looking forward to another opportunity in blue.
“We’ve thrown a few ideas and I’ve been asked to try a few new things with the white ball this season. It’s been nice to contribute through the middle of the inning.” 

The left-arm spinner knows the ACES are in for a challenge, but said the key is to continue to play as a unit. 

“The main focus or us is to execute the plans we have had in place all year, stick together and get around each other.” 

Auckland ACES vs. Otago Volts
Sunday 16 February
Eden Park Outer Oval
Gates Open: 10.30 AM
First Ball: 11 AM  

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ACES SQUAD | Ford Trophy Final vs. Otago Volts
Craig Cachopa 
Mark Chapman
Louis Delport
Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill
Ben Horne
Kyle Jamieson
Ben Lister
Colin Munro
Robert O’Donnell
Glenn Phillips
Jeet Raval
Sean Solia