Aces draw with Otago to end domestic season
The last day of the 2018/19 season got underway late, as mist blanketed University Oval in Dunedin and dampened the ground.
Eventually play in the Plunket Shield between the Auckland Aces and Otago Volts started at 12:45pm. Auckland was at 198/1 – Graeme Begin on 110, and nightwatchman Matt McEwan on two.
McEwan quickly found his stride, propelling the Aces to parity with Otago, and then into positive figures. In his classic style he hit 53 runs off 58 balls, before being dismissed by Matt Bacon.
Glenn Phillips joined Beghin, and the pair proceeded rather more sedately to the end of the first session, Auckland at 296/2 at lunch.
Shortly after lunch, and shortly after seeing Auckland past 300, Beghin’s impressive innings came to an end.
Swiping at a bouncer from Warren Barnes, he caught a top-edge – the ball seeming to hang in the air for an age. Eventually Bacon took the catch, and Beghin’s six-hour 140-run innings was over. He chalked up 24 fours and 2 sixes.
Phillips batted on with debutant Will O’Donnell, and the scoring naturally slowed. Phillips was caught behind with an edge from a straight drive for 34, and O’Donnell’s innings came to a close on 26.
Ben Horne reached 25 and Finn Allen made 7 as they closed out the final period of the second session. This was to be the final period of the game.
Under darkening skies, the umpires and captains decided to pull stumps on the summer, the match finishing in a draw.
Image Credit: Otago Cricket