Auckland Aces taking momentum into top-of-the-table clash

The Auckland Aces are all confidence ahead of tomorrow’s Burger King Super Smash game against the Knights at Eden Park Outer Oval.

The team is on a three-match winning streak, last week beating the Kings by nine wickets.

Head coach Mark O’Donnell is confident the Aces can stop the Knights in their tracks.

“We’re hitting our stride at exactly the right time. Last week’s bowling effort was extremely good, and we showed that we can adapt to chase a total,” he says.

“We’re playing some smart cricket, and that’s what our focus is on – smart bowling, smart batting, and smart work in the field.

“You don’t see it on the scorecard, but players putting in really good work around the boundary cuts down runs and keeps pressure on. That was particularly good last week.”

The Aces have made one change to their squad, as BLACKCAPS batsman Colin Munro makes a return.

“Colin has a fantastic record for us, so it’s great to have him back for this match,” says O’Donnell.

“Everyone knows he can be a matchwinner in T20s, and he definitely enjoys playing at Eden Park.”

The Aces previous match against the Knights was a close-fought affair, and O’Donnell predicts that in the last two rounds of the Burger King Super Smash there will be some impressive cricket on show.

“It’s one of the best things about this competition, that the top three teams are all playing one another in the last three rounds.”

The Aces are two points ahead of the Central Stags, who face the Wellington Firebirds this afternoon.

The Auckland Aces will play the Knights in the Burger King Super Smash at Eden Park Outer Oval on Saturday 2 February from 4:10pm.

Tickets are available from Ticketek or Gate J at Eden Park. There is FREE entry for children under 14.

Auckland Aces squad to play the Knights

Craig Cachopa (C)
Graeme Beghin
Daniel Bell-Drummond
Mark Chapman
Donovan Grobbelaar
Roneel Hira
Mitchell McClenaghan
Colin Munro
Robert O’Donnell
Glenn Phillips (WK)
Matthew Quinn
Will Somerville