Aces repay Kings in Christchurch
After losing yet another toss, the Aces were sent out to field at Hagley Oval.
Matthew Quinn got the innings off to a perfect start after six balls when he had Tom MacRury out for a duck on debut. Stephen Murdoch then sliced a ball from Quinn’s next over into the stratosphere, where Robbie O’Donnell was waiting with a safe pair of hands when it came down.
Chad Bowes went three balls later to Mitchell McClenaghan, and when Glenn Phillips took a great catch to dismiss Andrew Ellis off Will Somerville for two, the Kings were struggling at 35/5.
Cam Fletcher and Henry Shipley then eked out a partnership, which was cut short when some poor calling saw both of them at the same end, and Shipley returned to the sheds.
The Aces smelled blood in the water, but couldn’t quite get the Kings away. Kyle Jamieson joined Fletcher and they slowly made their way to the last over. Quinn then came on for the last over and removed both set batsmen, finishing with figures of 4-20. The Kings reached 123/8.
The Kings needed another world-record spell from someone to put the Aces under pressure. Instead Daniel Bell-Drummond and Phillips went out to bat and put on a display of exactly how to chase a small total.
There was no need for cute lap shots or over-hitting, with the slow outfield the pair ran ones and twos hard. They put on a 100-run partnership before Phillips was dismissed for 59. Bell-Drummond was joined by Mark Chapman, and they saw Auckland home to a nine-wicket win.
With the Central Stags losing to the Knights on Friday, the Aces move into second on the Burger King Super Smash ladder, ahead of the home match against the Knights at Eden Park Outer Oval on Saturday 2 February.
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