It wasn’t for want of toil that the Auckland Aces bowlers struggled to stay on top of Canterbury at Eden Park on day three.
After finishing their first innings on 246 the Aces were 26 runs ahead of the Canterbury score.
The start of Canterbury’s second innings looked extremely promising for the Aces. Three wickets in the first five overs had Canterbury at 3-10, and Matt McEwan in particular was looking good.
Michael Davidson and Leo Carter then combined for a 61-run stand that took the Cantabrians into lunch and the wind out of the Aces’ sails.
Davidson was out soon after lunch, with a score of 22 off 70 balls. Cam Fletcher joined Carter in the middle, primarily surviving while his partner made runs. It was another 50-run partnership, broken when Carter holed out to Ben Lister from the bowling of Louis Delport.
There was another period of renewed vigour for the Aces, as Henry Shipley got out for zero. Three overs later, Fletcher was caught at first slip by Mark Chapman in an impressive take that was parried off Ben Horne’s gloves.
After tea, with Canterbury 183/7, the Aces bowlers again dug deep. Wrapping Canterbury up quickly would give them more than a day to score the runs needed for a win. Things didn’t quite go according to plan, however.
Kyle Jamieson and Theo van Woerkom put together yet another fifty-run partnership, as the Aces bowlers, for all their work, couldn’t quite end the innings.
Jamieson notched up 50 before a sharp catch at mid-off by Glenn Philips had Canterbury eight down. Andrew Hazeldine was run out shortly afterwards.
Will Williams took 30 balls to get off the mark, but with van Woerkom survived nine overs from the new ball bowlers. Canterbury finished the day on 250/9.
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