Craig Cachopa retires from Domestic cricket

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Craig Cachopa retires from Domestic cricket

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Auckland ACES white-ball skipper Craig Cachopa has called time on his domestic career. The veteran leaves the game on a high after leading the ACES to two finals this summer, including a memorable Ford Trophy triumph. This summer Cachopa also brought up 50 ACES appearances in both the Ford Trophy and Super Smash competitions.   Cachopa, who started his domestic career … Read More


Plunket Shield cancelled | ACES finish fourth

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Plunket Shield cancelled | ACES finish fourth

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From New Zealand Cricket: New Zealand Cricket has cancelled the last two rounds of the domestic Plunket Shield competition as a precaution against the spread or transmission of COVID-19. Chief Executive David White said the difficult decision was taken after expert medical advice received today, and following the New Zealand government’s decision on Saturday to tighten border controls. The Wellington … Read More


Delport fights as ACES defeated

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Delport fights as ACES defeated

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The ACES Plunket Shield hopes hang by a thread after defeat to the Wellington Firebirds by an innings and seven runs. Trailing by 30 runs with two wickets in hand, a bright blue sky greeted the players at Colin Maiden Park. Firebirds skipper Michael Bracewell continued on with his off-spinners, while Louis Delport (53*) made his way to a maiden … Read More


ACES cling on at Colin Maiden

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ACES cling on at Colin Maiden

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The ACES spinners maintained their control from Day Two. It didn’t take long for Louis Delport and Glenn Phillips to return to the attack and settle in on a slowing Colin Maiden Park wicket. Resuming at 287/5, Logan van Beek was the first Firebird to go when his outside edge was nonchalantly held in wicketkeeper Ben Horne’s right hand. It … Read More


Tight day keeps ACES in the hunt

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Tight day keeps ACES in the hunt

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The ACES fought back on a truncated day at Colin Maiden Park. Short showers disrupted the morning session, where Louis Delport nabbed Devon Conway for 94 and Rachin Ravindra showed his class on his way to a maiden First-Class century. Ravindra again drove elegantly as the Firebirds went past the ACES first innings total of 179. The wicket of Conway, … Read More


Two changes as ACES await Wellington

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Two changes as ACES await Wellington

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The unbeaten Auckland ACES make the trip across town to Colin Maiden Park for a top-of-the-table clash with the Wellington Firebirds. Head Coach Heinrich Malan has made two changes to the 12-man squad who snuck home by one wicket against Northern Districts last week, with Lockie Ferguson and Martin Guptill joining the BLACKCAPS for the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series in Australia.  … Read More


Chapman, Horne help ACES sneak home in thriller

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Chapman, Horne help ACES sneak home in thriller

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The ACES’ Plunket Shield hopes stay alive after a fascinating day’s cricket at the Outer Oval saw the hosts seal a one-wicket win over Northern Districts. When rain wiped away all but 7.4 overs of the morning session, the ACES chase of 371 became considerably more difficult. By that time, James Baker had claimed the wickets of both Martin Guptill … Read More


ACES face challenging final day chase

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ACES face challenging final day chase

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Moving day definitely delivered as both the ACES and Northern Districts accelerated the game at the Outer Oval. If there was any wondering about the ACES’ Day Three intentions, Mark Chapman took six balls to paint a picture. Ish Sodhi’s first four balls went by without fanfare before the Chapman (143) deposited back-to-back sixes over the mid-wicket boundary. The ACES’ … Read More


Chapman ton leads ACES fight

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Chapman ton leads ACES fight

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Mark Chapman’s third First-Class hundred led an ACES fightback on Day Two against Northern Districts at the Outer Oval. Northern Districts were aggressive during the first session with Joe Carter going past 150. While the visitors’ attacking strokeplay took their total past 350 and towards 400, it also brought the ACES back into the game. Wickets tumbled in the hour … Read More


Twin hundreds halt ACES

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Twin hundreds halt ACES

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The ACES were made to work hard on Day One against Northern Districts at the Outer Oval. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, the ACES struggled to build on a tidy opening that started with three consecutive maidens. During that time, Tim Seifert was given a reprieve when his outside edge was dropped in the slips off … Read More