Aces ram home advantage on day two

The Auckland Aces have worked themselves into a dominant position on day two of their Plunket Shield fixture against the Otago Volts and will resume tomorrow with a lead of 205 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand.

It was the perfect start for the Auckland Aces with speedster Lockie Ferguson taking two wickets in his first over accounting for both Derrick de Boorder and Mark Craig.

The Aces had the bit between their teeth in the morning session, Danru Ferns picking up his first and second First Class wickets – rewarded for a tight line and length.

It was a strong effort in the park from the home side, bowling the Volts out for 170, earning a first innings lead of 43 runs.

Ferguson finishing with career best figures of 7-34 off his 15 overs, a superb display of fast, accurate and disciplined bowling.

Armed with a first innings lead, the Aces openers negotiated a niggly period before lunch to head to the break at 20/0.

In the middle session, the home side fought hard with bat in hand, Otago spreading the field as they looked to contain the flow of runs.

Both openers got starts before being dismissed leaving Robbie O’Donnell and Sean Solia to take the Aces to tea at 92/2.

The final session was a chance for the home side to set up the match and that’s exactly what O’Donnell and Solia did.

The pair dug in hard when their team needed them most, giving the Volts bowlers nothing and in the process showing some real grit.

Late in the day O’Donnell reached his half century finishing the day 55* along with Solia 43*, the pair in a perfect position to kick on tomorrow morning and set a total.

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

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