26 Jun, Sunday

ACES win again to go second


ACES win again to go second

Praneel HiraAces

Auckland ACES vs. Canterbury | ACES won by six wickets

The ACES are into second after a convincing bonus-point win over Canterbury, Glenn Phillips starring with a magnificent unbeaten 122* off 102 balls in the winning chase in Auckland.
Asked to bowl first, Lockie Ferguson set the tone with the new ball, disturbing the stumps of Chad Bowes and Ken McClure during a fiery opening burst.

The spin trio of Will Somerville, Adithya Ashok and Phillips then tied up the middle order. All six of the ACES bowlers employed picked up a wicket to keep the visitors to 226/9 from their fifty overs.

In reply, it was a second-wicket stand between George Worker and No. 3 Phillips that eased any nerves. The pair put together 122 in quick time to put the ACES on course for a second bonus point victory in three days.

Phillips was particularly aggressive, hitting 13 fours and 8 sixes on his way to a 5th List-A century, off 79 balls, and his fourth for the ACES.

The ACES fourth victory came in the 37th over, with Phillips hitting the winning runs and finishing unbeaten on 122 off 102 balls.

The win now means the ACES have two opportunities to book their place in Saturday’s Grand Final, first against the Otago Volts on Tuesday, when the inaugural Ross Dykes Memorial Trophy goes on the line, and then on Thursday against the Central Stags, who have already booked their place in the big dance.