01 Jul, Friday

Aces pick up important win against Central Stags


Aces pick up important win against Central Stags

Praneel HiraAces

The Aces have turned around their fortunes in less than a week, winning their second match against Central Stags in Lincoln.

After CD won the toss and opted to bat, the Aces began with extremely tight bowling by Mitchell McClenaghan and Ben Lister. This immediately succeeded as Greg Hay was caught behind off McClenaghan in the third over. One over later Lister picked up the other opener, Christian Leopard, for six.

The Stags proceeded carefully, until Danru ferns was able to snare Dean Foxcroft, and CD were struggling at 35/3.

They then began the first of two rebuilding phases. Tom Bruce and Josh Clarkson combined, Bruce taking the scoring role first. He reached his half century and then mistimed a ball from Matt McEwan, top-edging it to Ferns.

From there it was a horror period for Central Stags. Clarkson watched as they lost four wickets within 30 runs.

McEwan was soon on a hattrick after taking the wickets of Willem Ludick and Ma’ara Ave. Ryan McCone survived the first ball, but departed the next over to Lister.

After this, the Stags entered their second rebuilding phase. Clarkson reached his 50, and accelerated quickly, hitting boundaries.

Navin Patel and then Liam Dudding at the other end, performed their roles well. Both were able to feed the strike to Clarkson and to score at a good enough rate themselves.

Clarkson brought up his 100 in 97 balls, and when he was finally dismissed on 111 by McClenaghan, CD would have felt they had gained respectability finishing at 226, having been 137/8.

The Aces new opening pair of Sean Solia and Horne worked well together, scoring at a decent clip for the first 15 overs, when Solia was dismissed with a good catch by Felix Murray for 39.

Horne batted on, getting to his half century and the Aces over 100, before he was bowled attempting to play playing a reverse sweep.

Michael Barry Will O’Donnell, and Crag Cachopa all fell with the score in the 130’s, and there was a few nervous moments for the Aces fans, wondering if the team might stumble in the chase.

Graeme Beghin wasn’t going to take that chance – he played positively from the outset, hitting the ball with intent. Beghin combined with McEwan and together they moved the score to a more comfortable position in ten overs.

Roneel Hira came in when McEwan was caught for 25. Beghin continued to play positively and brought up his maiden List A 50 with a pull shot for four.

In the end, the Aces did it comfortably, winning by four wickets in the 48th over.

This puts them two points behind Northern Districts on the Ford Trophy ladder. They will play ND on Sunday at 11:00am.

Full scorecard here

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