Rain forces draw at the Basin

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Rain forces draw at the Basin

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The ACES will return home with a familiar feeling as Day Four against the Wellington Firebirds at the Basin has been abandoned. After the first two days promised so much for the ACES, the match ends in a draw. The result sees the ACES take five points (4 bowling, 1 batting) from the match, while the Firebirds secured four bowling … Read More


Day Three rain fills the Basin

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Day Three rain fills the Basin

Praneel HiraAces

The rain continues to follow the ACES around the country, with ten out of eleven days now affected by rain. Day Three of the ACES Plunket Shield encounter with the Wellington Firebirds loomed as moving day but instead became another frustrating one. Early morning rain did not ease throughout the day and the players were unable to take the field. … Read More


Firebirds hit back, ACES hold lead

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Firebirds hit back, ACES hold lead

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES fought hard to stay ahead in the match as the Wellington Firebirds hit back on Day Two at the Basin. Wickets continued to fall as batting in the morning session remained a tricky prospect. Firebirds’ quick Ben Sears came hard at the ACES, grabbing the wickets of resuming pair Mark Chapman and Sean Solia before either added to … Read More


Fiery ACES attack stun Firebirds on Day One

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Fiery ACES attack stun Firebirds on Day One

Praneel HiraAces

A dominant morning session has given the ACES a Day One advantage against the Wellington Firebirds in the Plunket Shield. The ACES made full use of winning the toss and bowling first on a green Basin wicket. Lockie Ferguson found both early swing and the top of Fraser Colson’s middle stump when Colson misguidedly left a dramatic inswinger. Ferguson’s 150th … Read More


ACES add Ferguson fire for Basin battle

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ACES add Ferguson fire for Basin battle

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES’ Plunket Shield attack will have some added spice for their trip to the Basin Reserve to take on the Wellington Firebirds starting on Friday.  Speedster Lockie Ferguson returns, having been released by the BLACKCAPS after taking 2-25 during Tuesday’s 14-run T20 victory over England, with Ben Lister dropping out of the squad. The ACES hope to shake off last … Read More


Wet outfield wipes out Day Three

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Wet outfield wipes out Day Three

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES’ wait to play continues in Dunedin after a third consecutive day has been washed out in the Plunket Shield against the Otago Volts. Two further ground inspections, at 12.30 and 3 pm, proved fruitless as players were again left frustrated.  With some luck, the toss will finally take place on Day Four. Auckland ACES squad | Plunket Shield … Read More


Dunedin delays continue for ACES

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Dunedin delays continue for ACES

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES duel with the Otago Volts in Dunedin has been cut in half with Day Two abandoned without a ball being bowled. The toss is yet to take place after ground delays frustrated the players again on Day Two. Umpire inspections took place at 12.30 and 2.30 pm to no avail. The ACES are hopeful, without further rain, play … Read More


Rain ruins day one in Dunedin

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Rain ruins day one in Dunedin

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES have taken Auckland’s wet weather with them to Dunedin forcing Day One to be abandoned in Round Two of the Plunket Shield. Overnight rain delayed the toss between the second-placed ACES and the Otago Volts. While the sun shone through the first session, the rain returned after an early lunch and put an end to any hopes of … Read More


Beghin returns for ACES trip down south

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Beghin returns for ACES trip down south

Praneel HiraAces

The Auckland ACES will take a settled squad into Round Two of the Plunket Shield against the Otago Volts starting tomorrow.  BLACKCAPS opener Martin Guptill will resume international duty making way for opener Graeme Beghin. Beghin will make his return to University Oval, where the right-hander scored his maiden First Class century during his last outing. The second-placed ACES head to … Read More


Horne, McEwan seal special victory

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Horne, McEwan seal special victory

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The Auckland ACES have overcome rain delays and a tiring wicket to defeat Central Stags, Shield holders, by 38 runs after a seesaw final day at a brisk Outer Oval. Ben Horne and Will Somerville blazed away during the first half-hour, quickly taking the ACES lead past 200. Somerville pulled handsomely to get the ACES rolling before an elegant push … Read More