Aces share spoils with Canterbury on day two
It was a closely fought battle on day two between the Auckland Aces and Canterbury at Eden Park.
The end of the Canterbury innings came about in rapid fashion – in four overs they went from six wickets down to all out. Jamie Brown and Matt McEwan picked up two wickets each.
Canterbury ended up 220 all out, and Brown had his best first-class figures of 3-55. Sean Solia also picked up three wickets yesterday, and McEwan took 2-51.
The Aces opening partnership of Solia and Graeme Beghin were broken up early when Kyle Jamieson had Beghin caught behind. Two balls later Finn Allen went the same way.
After lunch, Solia and O’Donnell set about building the innings. They made it close to 100 before Fletcher took his third catch and O’Donnell was out for 49.
Solia brought up his half century in 91 balls but was caught on the on-side for 51.
After tea, with two new batsmen at the crease, the Aces started rebuilding again. Philips and Ben Horne reached 24 and 25 respectively before Theo van Woerkom struck, four overs apart.
The Aces were then 20 runs shy of Canterbury’s total, with McEwan and Louis Delport in the middle. Delport hit a four to take the Aces past the 220 mark.
At the end of the day the Aces were at 228/7, McEwan on 11 and Delport on 19.