Auckland cricket team
The Auckland Aces represent the Auckland region and are one of six New Zealand domestic first class cricket teams. Governed by the Auckland Cricket Association they are the most successful side having won 28 Plunket Shield titles, ten Ford Trophy championships and the Super Smash four times. The side currently play their home games at Eden Park Outer Oval.
Top: Auckland Aces logo
Bottom: Auckland Aces Twenty20 emblem
|One Day name||Auckland Aces|
|Captain||Robert O'Donnell (cricketer)|
|Home ground||Eden Park Outer Oval|
|Plunket Shield wins||23|
|Ford Trophy wins||12|
|Super Smash wins||4|
|Official website||Auckland Aces|
The limited overs side, known as Auckland Aces, have a predominantly light blue kit with a navy and white trim. Their One Day Championship shirt sponsors are Ford whilst their major T20 sponsor is Mondiale.
Plunket Shield (23) 1907-08*, 1908-09*, 1909–10*, 1911–12*, 1919–20*, 1921–22, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1946–47, 1958–59, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2015–16.
- * Wins in the Plunket Shield in these seasons were during its challenge match period.
History of Auckland cricketEdit
The Auckland Cricket Association is the most successful major association in New Zealand cricket history. The Auckland side has won the Plunket Shield 28 times, including a four-year winning streak between 1936 and 1940. The large population base that Auckland have to pick from has contributed to the side's success and produced a large number of the national team's players. Since the introduction of List A cricket in the 1970s, Auckland have won twelve one-day competitions with the most recent in the 2019/20 season.
Auckland were the first New Zealand team to visit another province, travelling to Wellington to play Wellington in a one-day match in March 1860, which Auckland won. The Auckland Cricket Association was founded in 1873. Auckland played their first first-class game against Canterbury the same year. They were the third major association founded in New Zealand after Canterbury and Otago, and just before Wellington. The match against Canterbury was part of the first tour undertaken by a New Zealand provincial team, when over three weeks in November and December 1873 Auckland played in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Nelson, winning all four matches.
It was not until 1906-07 that the team first competed in structured competition after the donation of the Plunket Shield by the then Governor-General, William Plunket. In the first season of the challenge competition, in 1907-08, Auckland defeated Canterbury to win their first title. They held the Plunket Shield several times between 1908 and 1921, when the competition was changed to a round-robin format.
The 1920s and 1930s are often known as the golden years of Auckland cricket. The side won seven Plunket Shield titles, four of them in consecutive years. As well as local success in the 1920s Auckland produced some of the early greats of New Zealand cricket such as Jack Mills and Ces Dacre.
The region kept producing high-calibre players in the 1930s like Merv Wallace, Paul Whitelaw, Bill Carson and Jack Cowie. Whitelaw and Carson also secured themselves a personal honour with a then world record partnership for the third wicket against Canterbury (this record is now held by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene). Auckland cricket was developing fast and producing a number of world-renowned players, but World War II saw the Plunket Shield suspended and many promising cricketers shipped overseas. A number of these players died whilst serving the armed services overseas including double All Black Bill Carson.
After the WarEdit
After Auckland won the Plunket Shield in 1947, the competition became more even, with Otago and Wellington dominating the next decade of competition. Also in the 1950s Central Districts and Northern Districts entered the competition.
This period is not known for the success of Auckland, but for the astonishing performances of individuals. In a 1951 game against Canterbury, Merv Wallace remarkably steered the side to victory under extreme circumstances. Wallace broke a bone whilst fielding in Canterbury's first innings and came in at number nine in the batting order. He smashed 60 as he led the tail in a remarkable fightback that saw Auckland gain first innings by one run. If not impressive enough Wallace also pulled a calf muscle when on 26 going for a hook shot. In the second innings Auckland required six runs with six wickets in hand. Wallace did not expect to bat and was dressed casually ready to celebrate with his teammates. Following a monumental collapse he only had time to put his whites on over the top as he came to the wicket with Auckland nine down and needing one run to win. He hit the winning run off his first ball, cementing his place as an immortal in Auckland and New Zealand cricket history.
Champions League Twenty 20Edit
After winning the 2010-11 HRV Cup, the Aces qualified for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. They were knocked out in the qualifying stage where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset. The Aces again qualified for the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 where they defeated the Sialkot Stallions and Hampshire to top the qualifying stage and made it through to the group stage. They defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match and lost to the Titans and the Perth Scorchers while the game vs Delhi Daredevils ended without a result. They finished last in the table.
At the beginning of each season Auckland Cricket announces 16 contracted players, this does not include players who hold a New Zealand Cricket contract. They are allowed one overseas professional for the Plunket Shield and Ford Trophy. New Zealand domestic sides are allowed to sign as many overseas players as required for the Super Smash, but only two imports are allowed in the side at any one time.
This section needs to be updated.December 2015)(
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
- denotes players with international caps.
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|4||Graeme Beghin||New Zealand||10 December 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|31||Martin Guptill||New Zealand||30 September 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||NZC contract|
|18||Colin Munro||New Zealand||11 March 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|11||Robert O'Donnell||New Zealand||12 September 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|88||Mark Chapman||New Zealand Hong Kong||27 June 1994||Left-handed||Slow left arm orthodox||Local contract via NZ citizenship|
|14||William O'Donnell||New Zealand||29 September 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|21||Ollie Pringle||New Zealand||27 May 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|10||Sean Solia||New Zealand||15 December 1992||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|15||Ben Horne||New Zealand||4 March 1994||Right-handed||Slow left arm orthodox|
|6||Glenn Phillips||New Zealand||6 December 1996||Right-handed||—|
|50||Jamie Brown||New Zealand||20 June 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|17||Louis Delport||New Zealand||12 February 1988||Left-handed||Left-arm Slow left arm orthodox|
|69||Lockie Ferguson||New Zealand||13 June 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||NZC contract|
|94||Danru Ferns||New Zealand||23 February 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|13||Kyle Jamieson||New Zealand||30 December 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||NZC contract|
|12||Benjamin Lister||New Zealand||1 January 1996||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast|
|2||Matthew McEwan||New Zealand||15 February 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|16||Ross ter Braak||New Zealand||6 May 1997||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|28||Will Somerville||New Zealand||9 August 1984||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin|
- , Cricinfo.com, Retrieved 5 January 2011
- T. W. Reese, New Zealand Cricket: 1841–1914, Simpson & Williams, Christchurch, 1927, pp. 23, 143.
- Reese, pp. 29, 39, 169–72.
- "History". Auckland Cricket. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
- "Auckland Aces confirmed for Abu Dhabi T20". Gulf News. Retrieved 24 September 2018.