The ACES and HEARTS are back! On Friday, our Dream11 Super Smash campaign kicks off when the ACES and HEARTS take on the Northern Brave at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
After an extended lockdown, players training at home, anguish and uncertainty, watching and waiting, Auckland’s domestic cricketers can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The first ACES squad of the summer features uncapped legspinner Adithya Ashok and George Worker, who is set to line up for the ACES for the first time. Cole Briggs, who made a stellar start to his Ford Trophy campaign last summer, is also in line to play his first T20 for Auckland.
After months of training, ACES Head Coach Heinrich Malan cannot wait to see his side in action.
“We are ready. We’ve put in a lot of work over the last six-to-eight weeks and seeing the guys get the opportunity to get out there and compete is something we are really excited about.”
HEARTS Head Coach Nick White echoed Malan’s excitement.
“The energy coming through this week has been unbelievable. There’s been a real lift in excitement from both the players and coaches.
“Now we finally get the chance, as a group, to get back on the park and showcase our skills.”
It truly has been a long road for both the ACES and HEARTS.
ACES skipper Robbie O’Donnell acknowledged it has been another challenging week with rain hampering preparation, but said what the last few months have reminded the side of is to control what they can control.
“There have even been a couple of ‘chahoos’ for no particular reason. The guys are fizzing.
“We’ve started packing our bags and it’s all starting to come together which has given us some sense of normality.”
For HEARTS skipper Lauren Down, Christmas has come a week early.
“We have been waiting a while now for our turn to get out there.
“The group have been training well and it’s going to be great to finally take the field tomorrow afternoon. The girls are fizzing.”
Will Somerville, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Phillips are unavailable having recently returned from the BLACKCAPS tour of India.
Friday 17th December | Seddon Park, Hamilton
HEARTS vs. BRAVE | 3.10 PM
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ACES vs. BRAVE | 6.40 PM
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