26 Jun, Sunday

Aces finish with a draw in Wellington


Aces finish with a draw in Wellington

Praneel HiraAces

The Auckland Aces managed a first-innings lead on day 4 against the Wellington Firebirds, but the match ended up as a predictable draw.

The day’s play started late after a further ground delay, and the temperature at the scheduled start time was around five degrees.

Auckland started at 230/5, with Graeme Beghin and nightwatchman Will Somerville at the crease. Beghin went quickly for 20, and Finn Allen, batting rather improbably at eight, didn’t stick around long either. He was dismissed by Hamish Bennett for five.

Ben Horne and Somerville batted together for 18 overs, taking the Aces past Wellington’s first innings score. Somerville was caught at second slip by Jimmy Neesham off the bowling of Logan van Beek. Next ball Ben Lister went the same way.

Danru Ferns came out and hit his highest first-class score: 21 off 25 balls, including two 4s and two 6s. He and Horne took the Aces over 300, before he was caught behind off Iain McPeake, leaving Horne not out on 26.

Given Wellington came out for their second innings after lunch, a result was never really on the cards. Lister took the first wicket of Andrew Fletcher after seven overs, and Somerville bowled Luke Woodcock 10 overs later. From there the match meandered to its conclusion with Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell in the middle.

Matt McEwan was miserly, bowing four maidens in seven overs, and Somerville ended up with six maidens and 21 runs from 13 overs.

Play was scheduled to continue until 6:30pm, but the match was finished more than an hour early as both teams sensibly decided it was too cold to bother continuing.

Wellington First Innings – 255

Auckland First Innings – 313

Wellington Second Innings – 107/2

Result: Match Drawn

Points: Auckland – 7          Wellington – 6

Full scorecard here

Image Credit: Photosport