Auckland cricket team
|Auckland cricket team|
|One-day name:||Auckland Aces|
|Home ground:||Eden Park|
|Official website:||Auckland Aces|
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 26 Plunket Shield titles, eight Ford Trophy championships and the HRV Twenty20 Cup twice.
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 HRV.
The side currently play their home games at Eden Park Outer Oval
- Plunket Shield (26)
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.
- Ford Trophy (9)
1972-73, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2006–07, 2010–11.
- HRV Cup (3)
2006-07, 2010–11, 2011-2012.
History of Auckland Cricket
The Auckland Cricket Association is the most successful major association in New Zealand Cricket history. The representative Auckland side has won the Plunket Shield 26 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 sides 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 nine One Day Competitions with the most recent in 2011.
The Auckland Cricket Association was founded in 1873. The Auckland Cricket Team represented the association when they played their first game against Canterbury the same year. They were the third major association founded in New Zealand after Canterbury and Otago, and just before Wellington.
It was not until 1906 when the team first competed in structured competition after the donation of the Plunket Shield by the current Governor-General William Plunket. Three seasons into the challenge competition, Auckland managed to defeat Canterbury to win their first title. They went onto win another three Plunket Shield titles between 1908 and 1921 when the competition was modified adopting a similar to the points system to the one used today.
The 1920s and 1930s are often known as the golden years of Auckland Cricket. The domestic side won seven Plunket Shield titles, with four of them won in consecutive years. As well as local success in the 1920s Auckland cricket produced some of the early greats of New Zealand cricket such as Jack Mills and Ces Dacre.
The region kept producing high calibre players into 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 abandoned 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 War
After winning the Plunket Shield in 1947, the competition became more spread out with Otago and Wellington dominating the next decade of competition. Also in that time 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 in 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.
At the beginning of each season Auckland Cricket announces 12 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 HRV Cup, but only two imports are allowed in the side at any one time.
- 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|
|6||Anaru Kitchen||New Zealand||21 February 1984||Right-handed||Slow left arm orthodox|
|18||Colin Munro||New Zealand||11 March 1987||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||NZC contract|
|31||Martin Guptill||New Zealand||30 September 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||NZC contract|
|–||Brad Hodge||Australia||29 December 1974||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player|
|–||Tim McIntosh||New Zealand||4 December 1979||Left-handed||—|
|–||Robert O'Donnell||New Zealand||12 September 1994||Right-handed||—|
|–||Jeet Raval||New Zealand||22 September 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|22||Colin de Grandhomme||New Zealand||22 July 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|–||Donovan Grobbelaar||New Zealand||30 July 1983||Right-handed||Left-arm mediumt|
|–||David Willey||England||28 February 1990||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|–||Luke Wright||England||7 March 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|48||Gareth Hopkins||New Zealand||24 November 1976||Right-handed||—||Captain|
|–||Craig Cachopa||New Zealand||17 January 1992||Right-handed||—|
|1||Michael Bates||New Zealand||11 October 1983||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast|
|2||Bhupinder Singh||New Zealand||31 October 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|37||Kyle Mills||New Zealand||15 March 1979||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||NZC contract|
|–||Dean Bartlett||New Zealand||10 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|–||Lachie Ferguson||New Zealand||13 January 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|–||Tipene Friday||New Zealand||24 October 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|–||James Fuller||New Zealand||24 January 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|–||Bruce Martin||New Zealand||25 April 1980||Right-handed||Slow left arm orthodox||NZC contract|
|–||Mitchell McClenaghan||New Zealand||11 June 1986||Left-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||NZC contract|
|–||Mathew Quinn||New Zealand||28 February 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|