Aces fold to Knights in BK Super Smash
The Northern Knights have chased down 202 to claim a six-wicket victory over the Auckland Aces at Eden Park Outer Oval in today’s Burger King Super Smash match.
The Aces were asked to bat first and openers Sean Solia (31) and Glenn Phillips (24) took up the attack to the Knights straight away.
Mark Chapman continued his dominant Super Smash form with the blade peeling off another half century in quick time.
Chapman found the fence six times and went over it a further three in his innings of 57 off 30 balls giving the Aces innings come impetus.
Despite losing the middle order cheaply, Sam Curran and Robbie O’Donnell came together in the 13th over and went about guiding the Aces through to a defendable total.
The pair batted well together, O’Donnell (21) rotating the strike while Curran combined brutal hitting with delicate finesse to find the boundary eight times in his innings of 48*.
With 202/5 on the board after their 20 overs, it was going to take a strong effort with the ball on a tough-to-defend Outer Oval.
Ronnie Hira was masterful at the top of the innings with the ball claiming two caught and bowled wickets in his opening spell – his first an acrobatic effort reminiscent of his time in the national side.
However, with a fancied batting lineup, the Knights started to get into their work, opener Anton Devcich (76) especially brutal with eight fours and five sixes striking at over 200.
When Ben Lister struck twice in the 11th over the Aces held hopes of a comeback, but it was experienced heads Daniel Flynn (58*) and Daryl Mitchell (50*) who saw the visitors home in the 17th over for a comfortable six-wicket win.
The win puts the Knights clear on top of the Burger King Super Smash ladder, the Aces still hold onto second spot with 20 points.
The Aces can now look forward to Wednesday where they take on the Kings at 4:10pm on Eden Park Outer Oval.
For a full scorecard from today’s fixture click here.
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