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.

Auckland Aces
Auckland Aces logo.svg
Top: Auckland Aces logo
Bottom: Auckland Aces Twenty20 emblem
One Day nameAuckland Aces
CaptainRobert O'Donnell (cricketer)
CoachHeinrich Malan
Team information
Home groundEden Park Outer Oval
First-class debutCanterbury
in 1873
at Christchurch
Plunket Shield wins23
Ford Trophy wins12
Super Smash wins4
Official websiteAuckland 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.

They won the Super Smash competition in the 2015–16 season, their 4th domestic Twenty20 title overall, making them become the most successful team in New Zealand.


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.

Ford Trophy (12) 1972–73, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2019-20.

Super Smash (4) 2006-07, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16

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.[1]

Early yearsEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

'Golden years'Edit

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

In September 2018, they were one of the six teams invited to play in the first edition of the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy, scheduled to start in October 2018.[5]

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.

Current squadEdit

  • 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 (1989-12-10) 10 December 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium
31 Martin Guptill     New Zealand (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break NZC contract
18 Colin Munro     New Zealand (1987-03-11) 11 March 1987 (age 33) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
11 Robert O'Donnell   New Zealand (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
88 Mark Chapman     New Zealand   Hong Kong (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox Local contract via NZ citizenship
14 William O'Donnell   New Zealand (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off break
21 Ollie Pringle   New Zealand (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
10 Sean Solia   New Zealand (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 28) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium
15 Ben Horne   New Zealand (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
6 Glenn Phillips     New Zealand (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 24) Right-handed
50 Jamie Brown   New Zealand (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
17 Louis Delport   New Zealand (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 32) Left-handed Left-arm Slow left arm orthodox
69 Lockie Ferguson     New Zealand (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast NZC contract
94 Danru Ferns   New Zealand (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
13 Kyle Jamieson     New Zealand (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium NZC contract
12 Benjamin Lister   New Zealand (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
2 Matthew McEwan   New Zealand (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
16 Ross ter Braak   New Zealand (1997-05-06) 6 May 1997 (age 23) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
28 Will Somerville     New Zealand (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off spin

Notable playersEdit


See List of New Zealand first-class cricket records


  1. ^ [1],, Retrieved 5 January 2011
  2. ^ T. W. Reese, New Zealand Cricket: 1841–1914, Simpson & Williams, Christchurch, 1927, pp. 23, 143.
  3. ^ Reese, pp. 29, 39, 169–72.
  4. ^ "History". Auckland Cricket. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Auckland Aces confirmed for Abu Dhabi T20". Gulf News. Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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