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Aces blow away the Hurricanes on the Outer Oval

The Auckland Aces have kicked off their white ball campaign with a bang, claiming a 25-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in a practice match at Eden Park Outer Oval this afternoon.

Aces skipper Craig Cachopa won the toss and elected to bat, with the Aces top order stepping up.

Glenn Phillips was at his dashing best, opening the innings scoring 53 off just 29 balls, a knock including three sixes and six fours.

He shared in solid partnership with Cachopa for 55 runs before the captain and his Takapuna team mate Robbie O’Donnell (60*) put on a century stand to really set up the Aces for a big score.

Cachopa eventually fell for 66 while O’Donnell saw the innings through in a knock that included five bombs.

Ben Horne chipped in with some valuable runs at the end as the Aces set 208/4 from their 50 overs.

The Hobart openers gave their side a real chance putting on 81 for the first wicket after just seven overs.

However, the Aces bowlers fought back, Aniket Parikh and Colin Munro taking two wickets each as the home side started to put the squeeze on.

An all-round effort in the park from the Auckland side ensured the visitors didn’t really threaten the Auckland total, eventually finishing 187/3 from their 20 overs.

A superb win and the perfect start to white ball cricket for the Aces before they take on the Central Stags this Sunday in New Plymouth in the Ford Trophy.

For a full scorecard from today’s t20 fixture, click here.

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