Aces book home final with big win

Monday, March 25, 2013

Colin Munro played another bludgeoning innings to record his second hundred of the Ford Trophy campaign

The Aces booked themselves a home final in the most emphatic fashion yesterday as a five wicket haul from Chris Martin and a hundred from Colin Munro led them to a 128 run win.

Defending 314 the Aces made no contest of it as Martin and Kyle Mills scythed through the Wizards top order. By the end of the seventh over Canterbury were three down and had only 13 on the board with Martin starting the rot by removing Brad Cachopa and then Mills clean bowling first George Worker and then Tom Latham.

The Wizards set about recovering their innings but struggled to get on top of a demanding Aces attack and suffered another big blow when Bhupinder Singh removed Rob Nicol for 45 to make it 87/5.

Shannan Stewart and Cole McConchie put on 68 for the seventh wicket but the run rate had already spiralled out of control and it was left for Martin to come back and claim the last four wickets to complete a remarkable spell of bowling that netted him a five wicket bag off just 7.4 overs for only 21 runs.

The Canterbury innings definitely struggled under the weight of runs required and that was set up by some quality work from the Aces top and middle order, Colin Munro the stand out contributor with another typically rapid 118 off just 81 balls.

Gareth Hopkins and Craig Cachopa got the Aces heading in the right direction through the early stages but it was when Munro teamed up with all-rounder Donovan Grobbelaar that the Aces really put things together.

The pair added 116 for the sixth wicket and pushed them to a plus-300 score. Grobbelaar played the perfect support role, making sure he ticked the strike back to Munro who was in full flight smashing 9 fours and 6 sixes.

That partnership set the game and the win up for the Aces and their victory sees them play host in the final next Sunday 31 March on Eden Park Outer Oval. That match will start at the earlier time of 10.30am.

The Aces will have to wait until Wednesday to find out who their opposition will be when Canterbury take on Wellington for the second final spot.
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