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Aces looking for Lincoln turnaround

Tuesday 13 November 2018

After two horror matches the Auckland Aces are after a big turnaround as they head into the first of three games at Lincoln tomorrow.

Auckland had their first home loss on Saturday to Central Districts, collapsing to a 170-run defeat. That comes on the back of another loss to Wellington last Wednesday.

The Aces play the now second-placed Otago Volts tomorrow, and then the Central Stags again on Friday. They are yet to face Otago, as the only team they haven’t played.

Aces coach Mark O’Donnell says that the team knows the way they played in their last two matches was not good enough.

“We don’t have any illusions about our performance,” he says.

“While there are some positives, we aren’t kidding ourselves when it comes to looking at the results.”

The two losses have left the Aces, who were at the top of the table, in third – six points behind Wellington and Otago.

The points table hasn’t entered into O’Donnell’s preparation.

“We’re not doing any complicated mathematics,” he says.

“What we’re looking at is simple – winning our four remaining games.”

Auckland has made three changes to the squad that played on Saturday.

Coming in are Matt McEwan, Ben Lister, and Teja Nidamanuru. They replace Michael Snedden, Raj Majithia and Roneel Hira.

McEwan and Nidamanuru both played for Auckland A in the recent Quin Series hosted in Sydney. Lister will bring another pace option into the mix.

The Auckland Aces will play the Volts at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, starting at 11:00 am.


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