Horne impresses as pink ball ends in draw

The Plunket Shield match between the Auckland Aces and Canterbury has ended in a draw with two full days being lost to rain.

Overcast skies greeted the teams at Eden Park today with play getting underway at 1:30pm.

Canterbury declared on their overnight total of 305/8 sending in Aces’ openers Michael Guptill-Bunce and Robbie O’Donnell.

The pair started well putting on 49 runs for the first wicket before Guptill-Bunce was bowled by Todd Astle.

The top three for the Aces all got starts but weren’t able to kick on, the mainstay of the innings being a 119-run stand between Rob Nicol and Ben Horne for the sixth wicket.

Both Nicol and Horne batted with patience, waiting on and dispatching the bad ball ruthlessly.

Unfortunately, both batsmen fell just short of first-class centuries in the final hours of the match.

Nicol was first to go for 89 off 186 balls when we missed a straight one and was given out LBW.

Horne continued to press on, finding the fence with some inventive stroke play including 11 fours and two sixes before he was bowled by Astle for 93, seven short of a maiden first-class ton.

The Aces tail didn’t stick around, the home side bowled out in exactly 100 overs for 333 with stumps pulled after the final wicket.

For a full scorecard from the match click here.

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