Aces press home advantage on day three

Moving day lived up to its name at McLean Park in Napier with 13 wickets falling in the day, ending with the Auckland Aces 190/4 with a lead of 209 runs.

Colin Munro struck an early blow removing opener Ben Smith for 25 before the Stags middle order consolidated.

However, a magical half hour before lunch saw the Aces take four wickets to rip the heart out of the Stags middle order.

Tarun Nethula was the chief destroyer for the Aucklanders as the home side went to lunch 126/6.

The visitors continued to dominate after the break, some lower order fight ensuring the Stags scraped through to 181 in their first innings.

Nethula finished with impressive figures of 4/49 from a massive 30 overs while Munro impressed with 3/22 from 17.

Michael Guptill-Bunce led the charge for the Aces in their second innings scoring a run-a-ball 52 as the Aces looked to set something to bowl at on day four.

Colin Munro came out and did exactly what Colin Munro does, plundering 56 off 30 balls including four sixes as the Aces put the foot down.

They ended the day 190/4 with Rob Nicol (21*) and Mark Chapman (28*) at the crease setting up an enthralling day four.

For a full scorecard from the match click here.

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