Canterbury vs. Auckland ACES | Canterbury won by 216 runs
The Auckland ACES have run into a red-hot Canterbury top-order in Rangiora today.
Henry Nicholls (113) and Ken McClure (96) led the way for the hosts, putting on 164 for the second wicket after Chad Bowes fell for 31. For Nicholls, it was his sixth List-A century, guiding Canterbury through to 313/4.
Spinners Will Somerville and Louis Delport did their best to slow the scoring but, with wickets in hand, the Cantabrians were boosted by the finish they would have wanted.
Tom Latham (30), Daryl Mitchell and Matt Henry continued the efforts of their top-three, going to the innings break as the happier of the two sides. ACES left-armer Ross ter Braak struck twice late on, finishing with 2-59 from his eight overs.
The ACES reply started disastrously. First, Nicholls added the direct-hit run out of Graeme Beghin to his day, before Henry and Will Williams got into the act. It didn’t get any easier for the ACES as all five Canterbury bowlers picked up wickets.
Cole Briggs (23) and Ben Horne (21) were the best of the ACES batsmen, but 48/4 became 97 all out in the 27th over as Canterbury took a 216-run victory. The ACES get a chance to square the ledger on Sunday.