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Second chance Semi pits Aces against Cantabs

Second chance Semi pits Aces against Cantabs

The Auckland Aces take on Canterbury tomorrow in a Ford Trophy Semi-Final at Colin Maiden Park with the winner earning a Ford Trophy Final spot against the Central Stags.

By virtue of finishing second on the points table, the Aces have earned the hosting rights for the Semi-Final and will be hoping to add to their 3-1 record over Canterbury in white ball cricket this season.

"Yeah we've done alright against the Cantabs so far this season but that really counts for nothing tomorrow. It's a new game, a new challenge," says Captain Craig Cachopa.

Canterbury are the defending Ford Trophy champions but Aces Coach Mark O'Donnell says the team's focus has been around their own game.

"Training this week has been short and sharp, party due to weather and party due to the fact the boys know what they need to achieve and are ready to go out and do that tomorrow," says O'Donnell.

The winner of the One-Day Ford Trophy receives $60,000 in prize money while the runner-up will collect $15,000. There is no prize money for minor placings.

The Ford Trophy: recent champions

2016/17 Canterbury (defeated Wellington Firebirds at Rangiora)
2015/16 Central Stags (defeated Canterbury at Pukekura Park)
2014/15 Central Stags (defeated Auckland Aces at Colin Maiden Park)
2013/14 Wellington Firebirds (defeated Northern Districts at Bay Oval)
2012/13 Auckland Aces (defeated Canterbury at Eden Park Outer Oval)
2011/12 Central Stags (defeated Auckland Aces at Pukekura Park)
2010/11 Auckland Aces (defeated Canterbury at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch)
2009/10 Northern Districts (defeated Auckland Aces at Colin Maiden Park)
2008/09 Northern Districts (defeated Otago Volts at Seddon Park)


Auckland Aces v Canterbury
Wednesday 21 February
Colin Maiden Park, Auckland

Auckland Aces

Craig Cachopa (c)
Finn Allen
Michael Barry
Jamie Brown
Lockie Ferguson
Ben Horne
Ben Lister
Tarun Nethula
Robbie O'Donnell
Glenn Phillips
Jeet Raval
Sean Solia

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