High Five: Jamieson stars on even first day

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High Five: Jamieson stars on even first day

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Kyle Jamieson stole the show at the Outer Oval leading a committed attack on Day One against the Otago Volts. Ben Lister made the most of his opportunity with the new ball striking the first blow in the fourth over when Camden Hawkins feathered through to Ben Horne down the legside. Jamieson straightened one past Mitch Renwick’s outside edge and … Read More


Experienced ACES squad to start Plunket Shield

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Experienced ACES squad to start Plunket Shield

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Head Coach Heinrich Malan has named a familiar Auckland ACES squad for this week’s Plunket Shield opener against the Otago Volts at Eden Park’s Outer Oval. Robert O’Donnell will again lead the side with wicketkeeper Ben Horne stepping up as his deputy, while all-rounder Ollie Pringle joins the squad for the first time. Pringle, 28, has been taking it all in since signing … Read More


Robert O'Donnell | New ACES Captain

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Robert O’Donnell | New ACES Captain

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Robert O’Donnell has been named Auckland ACES captain for 2020/21. The role won’t be too unfamiliar for O’Donnell who has captained the ACES in the Plunket Shield on 12 occasions. The 26-year old will take over white-ball duties from Craig Cachopa, who retired at the end of the 2019/20 season. “Captaining Auckland is something I have always wanted to do since … Read More


Pringle and ter Braak awarded final two ACES contracts

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Pringle and ter Braak awarded final two ACES contracts

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Newcomers Ollie Pringle and Ross ter Braak have been awarded the final two Auckland ACES contracts for 2020/21.  The pair join William O’Donnell as ACES contracted for the first time. The initial round of 14 players were announced on 15 June and the ACES squad will assemble officially on 1 September, when the domestic contract period begins.  Head Coach Heinrich … Read More


Will O'Donnell offered first ACES contract

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Will O’Donnell offered first ACES contract

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14 players have been offered 2020/21 Auckland ACES contracts during the first round of domestic contracts. After collecting Club Cricket’s Player of the Year award for 2019/20, top-order batsman Will O’Donnell has been offered a contract for the first time.  ACES Head Coach Heinrich Malan is delighted to see Will O’Donnell on the ACES list. “It is great to reward … Read More


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