Interim Head Coach Doug Watson names his first Ford Trophy squad ahead of the Auckland ACES top-of-the-table clash with Canterbury at Colin Maiden Park on Sunday.
With Heinrich Malan away with New Zealand A, Watson takes the reigns of a new-look ACES outfit.
“We are chuffed for Heinrich. It’s a great opportunity for him and a massive privilege for me to lead this side.”
Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are with the BLACKCAPS T20 squad, while Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Phillips are representing NZA.
Though Will Somerville is unavailable with a foot injury, Matt McEwan and Danru Ferns both return from extended lay-offs.
Finn Allen is named in his first ACES squad of the summer after scoring 104 against an England XI and 87 against India A, while all-rounder Ryan Harrison joins the ACES for the first time.
‘Ryan has trained with the ACES most of the summer and impressed at club level. This is a great opportunity for him to experience what happens at the next level.”
Watson said the amount of new faces around the squad brings real excitement to the group.
“With so much change to the squad, the players are motivated. Some guys haven’t played for the ACES for a while and they willl be dead keen to lay a mark.
“We’ve still got a good core in Sean, Robbie and Craig and it’s great to see Jeet back in blue for some white-ball action as well.
“It’s another opportunity for our youngsters to showcase their skills.”
Auckland ACES vs. Canterbury
Sunday 26 January
Colin Maiden Park
ACES SQUAD | Ford Trophy vs. Canterbury
Craig Cachopa (c)