If you believe in signs, Ross ter Braak provided one on the first ball of the day. The left-armer nabbed Chad Bowes, who picked out Graeme Beghin at backward point when play resumed at the Outer Oval on Day Two.
The ACES next wicket came from an unlikely source with skipper Robbie O’Donnell putting in for an unchanged 10-overs. O’Donnell’s medium-pacers enticed debutant Harry Chamberlain into a drive, leading to a simple catch at mid-off. The skipper’s ten overs went for just nine runs as Canterbury sought to rebuild.
Another notable moment in the first session was the introduction of Ryan Harrison, who kicked off his First-Class bowling career with a maiden. Just when Ken McClure (28) and Cole McConchie (24) appeared to have Canterbury back on track, Beghin pounced in the covers, catching McClure short of his ground.
From there, a pair of Ollie Pringle short-balls ended in the hands of wicket-keeper Ben Horne. First, McConchie’s attempted hook flew over the slips only for Horne to track back and take a fine running catch, before Leo Carter was strangled down the leg-side.
Spin twins Louis Delport (3-11) and Will Somerville (2-23) then took over. Both bowlers were patient and it paid off with Canterbury slipping from 89/5 to 131 all out.
With a lead of 104 runs, Sean Solia and Will O’Donnell played confidently through the afternoon. O’Donnell first took the partnership past fifty with a six over long-on and drove handsomely to his second First-Class fifty.
The opening stand came to an end at 95, when O’Donnell was trapped in front for 60. By then, the ACES lead was 199.
Solia (33) chopped on soon after and the chatter came back from Canterbury. Robbie O’Donnell (11*) joined Beghin (23*) for the final stretch and the pair will resume at 131/2 on Day Three after bad light ended play with 16 minutes and 2 overs left in the day.
The ACES lead by 235.
ACES Captain Robbie O’Donnell led the way on a tough day of cricket against Canterbury at the Outer Oval.
Coming in at 37/2, the skipper set about rebuilding the ACES innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first. A promising partnership with Cole Briggs for the fourth wicket helped the ACES go to lunch at 82/3.
The lunchtime score represented a fair session of back-and-forth cricket, but one the ACES will have been please to have come through. Canterbury then hit back at the start of the afternoon session. 89/3 became 97/5 as Briggs fell to Sean Davey (4-45) soon after lunch.
O’Donnell then found excellent support in all-rounder Ross ter Braak. The pair put together 121 runs for the sixth wicket, standing up to a committed Canterbury attack.
With the ACES back towards Day One parity and O’Donnell nearing a second successive century, the skipper was trapped in front for 93 off 156 balls.
Will Williams (3-32) and Ed Nuttall (3-90) sensed an opening. Though ter Braak (57) brought up his maiden First-Class fifty, the tail couldn’t come to terms with the new ball and the ACES were bowled out for 235 in the 87th over.
A fruitless seven overs followed before stumps. The ACES bowlers will look to fire up for Day Two.