CLT20 Staff in Johannesburg
CLT20 Warm-up Match 3: Auckland Aces vs Trinidad & Tobago
Guptill, Vincent power Aces to 8-wicket victory
The Auckland Aces cruised to an eight-wicket win against Trinidad & Tobago in their warm-up game. Powered by the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Lou Vincent, the Aces reached their 152-run target in 16.1 ove
After winning the toss, Aces’ skipper Gareth Hopkins asked T&T to bat first at Supersport Park. His decision paid off immediately as Michael Bates had William Perkins (4) caught in the first over of the match. Even Adrian Barath (3) departed soon after with the T&T score at 14 for two. However, Evin Lewis (23) and Jason Mohammed (42) fought back for the Caribbean side. But the star of the innings was Kevon Cooper, who scored a 32-ball 62* to help his team to a competitive 151 for six in 20 overs.
For Auckland, Mitchell McClenaghan was the most successful bowler as he claimed two wickets for 23 runs in his three overs. Even Ronnie Hira bowled a tight line as he ended up with economical figures of 4-0-20-1.
The Aces began their innings on a positive note as both their openers, Martin Guptill (58) and Lou Vincent (46*), scored at a decent pace. The pair put together 101 runs for the first wicket and effectively took the game away from T&T by setting up a solid platform. The Kiwi team reached their target quite easily in the end in just the 17th over.
Brief scores: Trinidad & Tobago 151/6 in 20 overs (Jason Mohammed 42, Mitchell McClenaghan 2/23, Ronnie Hira 20/1) lost to Auckland Aces (Martin Guptill 58, Lou Vincent 46*, Rayad Emrit 25/1, Shannon Gabriel 30/1)