Committed ACES come up short

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Committed ACES come up short

Praneel HiraAces

A thrilling final day saw the ACES walk away with a draw after the Otago Volts’ final pair held on for the final 12 overs. Earlier, Robbie O’Donnell decided the ACES would bat on at the start of Day Four. The overnight declaration speculation continued through to the third over, when O’Donnell became Dean Foxcroft’s third wicket. 18 runs were … Read More


Musings from Beyond the Boundary

Club Cricket


Musings from Beyond the Boundary

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Runners-up in the Dream11 Super Smash, winners of the Ford Trophy! The ACES sat at the right end of the Ford Trophy points table throughout the competition and had already secured a home Final before a stumble in the last couple of round-robin matches.  It was possibly the season’s strongest ACES’ XI which took the field on the Outer Oval … Read More


Delport five and frenetic finish put ACES on top

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Delport five and frenetic finish put ACES on top

Praneel HiraAces

Louis Delport’s maiden five-wicket haul helped the ACES push their chances of victory heading into Day Four against the Otago Volts. The ACES were made to work through the opening two sessions as Nick Kelly held the Volts innings together with his maiden First-Class century. Nightwatchman Matt Bacon was the first to go when he was struck in front of … Read More


Late wickets add to ACES advantage

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Late wickets add to ACES advantage

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES have piled on the runs on Day Two of their Plunket Shield encounter with the Otago Volts at the Eden Park Outer Oval. Play resumed with the ACES in firm control at 176/1 with Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips at the crease. Guptill (110) had added just a single to his overnight score when Jacob Duffy got one … Read More


HEARTS fight in loss to Spirit

Hearts


HEARTS fight in loss to Spirit

Praneel HiraHearts

The HEARTS have suffered a narrow five-run defeat against the Northern Spirit at Seddon Park in the final round-robin match of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield. The wicket of Felicity Leydon-Davis in the second over gave the HEARTS an early opening and it was no surprise that Bella Armstrong was the bowler to take it. The competition’s joint leading wicket-taker, with … Read More


Guptill ton leads ACES on truncated Day One

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Guptill ton leads ACES on truncated Day One

Praneel HiraAces

The Plunket Shield returned and so did the rain as the ACES’ top order made the most of a shortened day against the Otago Volts at the Eden Park Outer Oval. When play finally got underway during the afternoon session, Jeet Raval and Martin Guptill saw off the new ball with patience and determination. There were 47 overs to be … Read More


HEARTS share points at Seddon Park

Hearts


HEARTS share points at Seddon Park

Praneel HiraHearts

Hamilton rain has taken the HEARTS a step closer to a place in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield final after a Round 9 abandonment against the Northern Spirit. Showers delayed the start before skipper Regina Lilii won the toss and elected to bowl first. Arlene Kelly and Bella Armstrong found their range early on and had the Northern Spirit tied down … Read More


Honda Financial Premiership Preview | 22 February

Club Cricket


Honda Financial Premiership Preview | 22 February

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

Premier Men With six weeks left in the club season and three rounds to go in the Hedley Howarth and Tom Hellaby two-day championships, the heat goes up a notch this weekend.  Hedley Howarth  Round Six Suburbs New Lynn and Howick Pakuranga are two sides desperate for a win and they meet at Ken Maunder Park. The two perennial powerhouses … Read More


Prasad returns as HEARTS head to Hamilton

Hearts


Prasad returns as HEARTS head to Hamilton

Praneel HiraHearts

Hamilton calls as the Auckland HEARTS hit the road to take on the Northern Spirit for the final two rounds of the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.  With Lauren Down, Holly Huddleston, Katie Perkins and Anna Peterson in Australia at the ICC World T20, captain Regina Lilii is excited by the challenge of taking on the competition leaders at Seddon Park. “It … Read More


Maintaining momentum key for ACES Shield run

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Maintaining momentum key for ACES Shield run

Praneel HiraAces

The red ball is back! The Plunket Shield returns this Saturday at Eden Park Outer Oval and the Auckland ACES name a strong side to take on the Otago Volts.  Martin Guptill and Jeet Raval are set to feature at the top of the ACES’ order with Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips coming off some tough first-class matches for NZA … Read More