Outgoing Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) technical director David Trist has been appointed coach of the Auckland Aces, last season's worst-performing provincial team in New Zealand. The 51-year-old, who will stay on as coach of the Hong Kong team until this October's Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy, has signed a two-year contract with the Aces through the domestic Shell Cup and Trophy programmes in the New Zealand summer. Trist succeeds Tony Blain, who resigned after Auckland finished the most recent season at the bottom of both the four- and one-day competitions. Tirst said he was a great believer in the saying 'when Auckland cricket's strong, New Zealand cricket's strong' and that he was anxious to utilise the wealth of resources present in Auckland. 'Hopefully, we can build on the success Auckland has achieved in the past. This province has produced many great players and experienced coaches, and we are anxious to use those resources wherever possible,' he said.