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Aces need scorcher to advance to semi-finals

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 11:53 23/10/2012
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ALL ON THE LINE: Martin Guptill in action during the Aces' match against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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If the Auckland Aces can get past the winless Perth Scorchers in their final Champions League Twenty20 cricket group match tonight (NZT), they'll be sticking around to watch the late game at Centurion.

The Aces head into the match, just south of Pretoria, on the back of one win, one loss and one no-result, and must beat Perth (12.30am NZT) to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

They'll then have to rely on the result of the second match of a Centurion double-header, between the Delhi Daredevils and the Titans, who will have home ground advantage.

If Delhi win, Auckland will finish second in the five-team group behind the Indian side and progress to the semi-finals.

If the Titans win, the South Africans will top the group, leaving Delhi and Auckland tied for second on 10 points.

Delhi's current net run-rate of +1.440 is significantly better than Auckland's -1.035, so the New Zealanders would probably need a big win and then hope the Titans can put a big enough dent in Delhi's run-rate to overhaul them.

But run-rate will be taken out of the calculation if both Auckland and Delhi win.

The Sydney Sixers and the Lions, from South Africa, have already qualified for the semi-finals out of the other group.

Auckland secured $US200,000 just for qualifying for the lucrative tournament but the winner will receive $US3.5 million, so there is plenty on the line.

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