Aces fall to Volts but secure elimination finals berth

The Auckland Aces have fallen just short in their final regular season Burger King Super Smash fixture, losing by two wickets to the Otago Volts on Eden Park’s Outer Oval.

Despite the loss, the Aces have qualified for the elimination final against the Central Stags on Wednesday at Eden Park, the winner going on to face the Knights in the grand final.

It was a welcome return to Eden Park for Volts Captain Rob Nicol who won the toss and elected to bowl first, his side putting the Aces under pressure to reduce them to 16/4 early on.

The middle order of Robbie O’Donnell (34), Sam Curran (32) and Ben Horne (26) ensured the Aces bowling unit had something to defend, Matt Bacon picking up four wickets as the Aces set 139/9 from their 20 overs.

It was proving to be a day for the bowlers with Ben Lister striking in the first over to remove Nicol for a duck.

The bowlers continued to dominate, the Volts innings following a similar trend to the Aces, losing early wickets to be 34/4 after the power play.

Derek de Boorder (50*) was the mainstay of the innings as Lister, Curran and Ronnie Hira all claimed two wickets each.

Curran was particularly impressive with his four over going for just 20 runs.

As the match came down the wire, the Volts needed 10 off the final over from Lister.

Michael Rae and de Boorder held their nerve to see the visitors home with a ball to spare.

The home side’s attention will quickly shift to Wednesday now where they will host the Stags in a do or die elimination final, with a place in the grand final against the Knights up for grabs.

For a full scorecard from today’s fixture click here.

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