International flavour to Aces pre-season match vs Bulls

The Auckland Aces’ first tour match in Australia will be no walk in the park as they face a full-strength Queensland Bulls side tomorrow in a 50-over match at the Gold Coast Cricket Club.

It’s the Bulls’ final warm up match before they start their Matador Cup campaign, a team boasting several Australian international cricketers including Usman Khawaja, Matt Renshaw and Mitchell Swepson.

The Aces are keeping their expectations realistic at this early stage of the season but are pumped to be getting some meaningful cricket under their belt.

“We are up against a quality Queensland side who will provide a stern challenge with bat and ball. Tomorrow is all about taking what we have been working on over the winter and putting it into practice in a game situation,” says Auckland Aces skipper Michael Guptill-Bunce.

The Aces are bolstered by the return of Colin de Grandhomme from his stint in the Natwest T20 Blast while new recruit Matt McEwan may also get his first crack for the side after moving from the Wellington Firebirds in the off-season.

Craig Cachopa is also back in the fold and is every chance to pull the Aces jersey back on after a stint overseas.

Auckland Aces (from XII)

Michael Guptill-Bunce

Glenn Phillips

Robbie O’ Donnell

Colin de Grandhomme

Michael Barry

Craig Cachopa

Ben Horne

Donovan Grobbelaar

Matt McEwan

Aniket Parikh

Danru Ferns

Raja Sandhu


Queensland Bulls

Usman Khawaja

Matt Renshaw

Joe Burns

Marnus Labuschagne

Sam Heazlett

Jack Wildermuth

Jimmy Peirson

Michael Neser

Cameron Gannon

Mitchell Swepson

Mark Steketee