Aces batsmen dig in on day three

The Auckland Aces will resume day four on 152/5, trailing Central Districts by a further 168 runs at Eden Park’s Outer Oval.

The home side started the day 144/5 in their first innings with Ben Horne (23) and Glenn Phillips (63) finding the fence early on.

Unfortunately, when Horne was undone by Ajaz Patel (5-42) the Aces tail didn’t stick around, bowled out for 204 just before lunch.

Still trailing by 320 runs, the Aces were asked to follow on and this time showed some real patience and resilience with the bat, despite losing Jeet Raval early.

Captain Michael Guptill-Bunce (33) and Sean Solia (59) put on 72 for the second wicket, batting time to ensure the game made it to day four.

The middle order were also up for the challenge, all the batsmen digging in to deny the CD bowlers for long periods.

Patel struck late in the day dismissing debutant Finn Allen (16) leaving the two batsmen who started the day, to finish it – Horne and Phillips.

They will resume with the Aces on 152/5, a further 168 runs are required to make Central bat again.

For a full scorecard of today’s fixture, click here.

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