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Team Auckland head to Hamilton for Pride Round


Team Auckland head to Hamilton for Pride Round

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Team Auckland head to Hamilton on Friday to take on the Knights and Spirit in Round 8 of the Dream11 Super Smash.

The ACES and Knights will kick off the Pride Round doubleheader at Seddon Park, starting at 3.20 PM before the HEARTS get a taste of cricket under lights squaring off with the Spirit at 7.10 PM.

With the Knights having won their last two matches and boosted by the return of BLACKCAPS trio Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, the ACES will need to be on the money if they are to secure back-to-back Super Smash wins.

Robbie O’Donnell’s side has star-power of its own with Mark Chapman fresh off a 34-ball 73, while Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Kyle Jamieson will be eager to take on many of their BLACKCAPS teammates.

There is plenty on the line for the third-placed HEARTS, who can book a place in the knockout phase of the competition. The Spirit, however, know they need to win to keep their own playoff hopes alive.

Aside from the respective table positions, the 7.10 PM start is set to add another exciting component to the match.

Allrounder Anna Peterson is one of the few HEARTS players to have experienced playing under lights.

“Playing under lights is an electrifying experience. Everything happens that little bit faster.

“The ball comes at you quicker, the elements change within minutes and there’s usually a beautiful sunset at Seddon.”

Peterson knows the HEARTS will relish the challenge.

“I certainly enjoy playing at night and know the HEARTS who haven’t played under lights before will be excited to get out there.”

ACES vs. Knights
Friday 29th January
Seddon Park, Hamilton
3.20 PM

ACES | Dream11 Super Smash vs. Knights
Robert O’Donnell (c)
Mark Chapman
Louis Delport
Danru Ferns
Martin Guptill
Ben Horne
Kyle Jamieson
Ben Lister
Glenn Phillips
Sean Solia
Will Somerville
Ross ter Braak

HEARTS vs. Spirit
Friday 29th January
Seddon Park, Hamilton
7.10 PM

HEARTS | Dream11 Super Smash vs. Spirit
Lauren Down (c)
Bella Armstrong
Holly Huddleston
Fran Jonas
Arlene Kelly
Tariel Lamb
Regina Lilii
Roz McNeill
Molly Penfold
Katie Perkins
Anna Peterson
Jesse Prasad
Saachi Shahri