Cricket: Martin returns for Aces

The return of Black Caps spinner Bruce Martin is the only change to the Auckland line-up for the Ford Trophy final against the Canterbury Wizards on the Eden Park outer oval tomorrow.

Martin comes back from international duty to an Aces side that completed a comprehensive semifinal win over tomorrow's opponents just a week ago.

The Wizards line-up will also be bolstered by returning Black Caps, with third test hero Peter Fulton and Dean Brownlie joining their ranks.

That fact, among others, means Aces coach Matt Horne is not making any assumptions about the final.

"Whilst we've been really pleased with the way we played in the round-robin and in the semi-final it doesn't mean much in the final really. Teams just have to get it right for one game to win the competition.

"We definitely took a few things out of that semifinal win so will have some plans for tomorrow but we know that we've still got to get out there and execute all the little things to win.''

The game starts 10.30am tomorrow.

Auckland Aces squad:

Gareth Hopkins (c), Michael Bates, Craig Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Donovan Grobbelaar, Dusan Hakaraia, Anaru Kitchen, Tim McIntosh, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro

- APNZ

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