Auckland Aces kickstart their Super Smash T20 campaign against Central Stags at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on Saturday. The Aces’ tournament opener against Wellington Firebirds at Eden Park Outer Oval on Sunday was called off after incessant rain at the venue. The Aces played the preliminary final of Ford Trophy 2018 and would look to go a step further in the shortest format competition. They would be looking for a winning start here to get their campaign underway.
Central Stags, on the other hand, came out on top of Northern Knights in their competition opener. Riding high on the confidence of the win, Central Districts’ side would want to make it two in two and collect as many points on offer.
Where – Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
When – 08:30 AM IST, December 29
Head-to-head (last five fixtures)
Auckland Aces – 1, Central Stags – 3, No Result – 1
Both Auckland Aces and Central Stags have announced unchanged squads.
CD Playing 11: Dane Cleaver (wk), George Worker, Will Young, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Felix Murray, Blair Tickner
Central Stags Squad: Tom Bruce(c), Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver, Christian Leopard, William Liddick, Felix Murray, Kieran Noema Barnett, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Will Young.
AUK Playing 11: Craig Cachopa, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Roneel Hira, Ben Lister, Donovan Grobbelaar, Robbie O’Donnell
Doubts: Will Somerville, Matthew Quinn
Auckland Aces Squad: Craig Cachopa (c), Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Donovan Grobbelaar, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Ben Lister, Colin Munro, Robbie O’Donnell, Glenn Phillips (WK), Matthew Quinn and Will Somerville.
Central Stags Fantasy Picks
Skipper Tom Bruce played a lone hand with 88 off 52 in the first game for the Stags. Blair Tickner, Seth Rance and Felix Murray had a decent outing with the ball in Stags’ competition opener.
Other safe bets: George Worker, Will Young, Dane Cleaver, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler
Auckland Aces Fantasy Picks
Craig Cachopa has exhibited a fine batting form in the recently concluded Ford Trophy. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are among others who can do a fair bit of damage with the bat.
QUICK TIP: We know the makeup of Central Stags after the first game. You can go with more Stags’ players in your CD vs AUK Dream11 Team.
Make CD vs AUK Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.