Auckland Aces is a first class cricket team in New Zealand that is based in Auckland. The home ground of this team is Eden Park that has a capacity of 42000. This team takes part in the state Twenty20 competition, the State Shield domestic one day competition and the State Championship first class competition. The Auckland Aces made its debut in 1873 at Christchurch.
Auckland Aces was victorious in the State Twenty20 championship in 2006-07. The team won the State Shield championship in the years 1972-73, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1986-87, 1989-90, 2006-07. In case of the Shell Trophy / State Championship the Aces could lift the cup in 1977-78, 1980-81, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05. The team has won the Plunket Shield championship in the following years - 1921-22, 1926-27, 1928-29, 1933-34, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39, 1939-40, 1946-47, 1958-59, 1963-64, 1968-69.
The former notable players who have played in the Auckland Aces team are John Bracewell, Willie Watson, Merv Wallace, Brooke Walker, Justin Vaughan, John Sparling, Martin Snedden, John Reid, Chris Pringle, Dipak Patel, Jeff Crowe and Danny Morrison.
This team plays a majority of matches at Eden Park Outer Oval however in the recent past the Colin Maiden Park and the Eden Park are also being used.
In the year 2006-07 some of the players who represented this team are as follows – the captain was Richard Jones along with Tim Lythe, Mal Loye, Dave Houpapa, Paul Hitchcock, Roneel Hira, Gareth Hayne, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Tama Canning, Caril Cachopa and Andre Adams.
There are several clubs in Auckland like Hibiscus Coast CC, Greenlane CC, Grafton United CC, Ellerslie CC, Eden Roskill CC, East Coast Bays CC, Cornwall CC, Birkenhead CC etc.
Auckland Aces has won the State Twenty20 championship once, State Shield 8 times, Shell Trophy/State Championship 9 times and Plunket Shield 12 times.