Auckland have made two changes to their side, bringing in
batsman Craig Cachopa and fast Bowler Dean Bartlett for their
second round Plunket Shield game against Northern Districts
starting tomorrow at Eden Park Outer Oval.
The pair replace Chris Martin, who has flown out to Sri Lanka
to join the Black Caps, and Anaru Kitchen, who broke a finger
in Auckland's four-wicket loss to Central Districts during
The match is also a significant occasion for the fact it
marks the return of the Aces to their home at Eden Park after
three seasons playing at Colin Maiden Park.
Aces coach Paul Strang said he wanted his side to bounce back
from the loss to CD.
"The last game was disappointing because we showed a huge
amount of fight and determination on that last day but we'd
just put ourselves too far behind the game to come out with a
"I think it was good though to remind the guys of what it
will take to win four day games and we're really looking
forward to coming back to our home at Eden Park and making it
a hard place for teams to come and get points," Strang said.
Auckland: (from) Gareth Hopkins (Captain), Dean Bartlett,
Michael Bates, Craig Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell
McClenaghan, Tim McIntosh, Bruce Martin, Colin Munro,
Bhupinder Singh, Lou Vincent, Reece Young