Aces complete dominant Plunket Shield victory

The Auckland Aces have completed a comprehensive 140-run victory over Northern Districts at Eden Park Outer Oval to rejuvenate their Plunket Shield campaign.

The home side started the day needing three wickets and didn’t muck around completing the victory inside half an hour.

Northern’s only hope was Scott Kuggeleijn but when Ben Lister accounted for him the game was all but over.

Matt McEwan picked up Joe Walker to finish with figures of 4-36, while Lister claimed the last to claim 4-34 in the second innings.

The match will be remembered for McEwan’s hat-trick – the fifth for Auckland in First-Class cricket and the first at Eden Park on either ground.

It was also McEwan’s fifth five-wicket bag in First-Class cricket, his second for the Auckland Aces.

The milestones kept coming for the home side in the match with Ben Horne equaling an Auckland record with eight catches by a wicketkeeper.

The Aces now look ahead to their next match against the Central Stags starting on Friday at Eden Park Outer Oval.

For a full scorecard of the fixture, click here.

For the full Plunket Shield scorecard, click here.

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