Kyle Jamieson stole the show at the Outer Oval leading a committed attack on Day One against the Otago Volts.
Ben Lister made the most of his opportunity with the new ball striking the first blow in the fourth over when Camden Hawkins feathered through to Ben Horne down the legside.
Jamieson straightened one past Mitch Renwick’s outside edge and into his off stump before Anaru Kitchen fell to some extra bounce bringing Glenn Phillips into the action at first slip. The off stump was in play again the very next ball; Jamieson snuck a good-length delivery through Nick Kelly for his third.
Hamish Rutherford survived the hat-trick ball, but the ACES didn’t let up. Danru Ferns was straight into his work trapping Nathan Smith in front with his second delivery. At 25/5, debutant Ollie Pringle entered the attack. The 28-year old followed his first-up maiden with the wicket of Rutherford, caught behind by Horne.
The next hour belonged to Volts duo Michael Rippon and Max Chu (42). The pair walked the tightrope between caution and intent, building a day-defining partnership of 107 either side of the lunch break. When Ferns angled one back through Chu’s defences, Rippon’s search for a maiden First-Class ton hung in the balance. Ferns (3-44) struck again soon after with Horne holding on to a screamer diving to his left to send Jacob Duffy on his way.
With the Volts tail desperate to get Rippon through to a century, Jamieson returned from the Merv Wallace Stand end. Rippon (106) continued positively swatting the ACES seamer away to the leg-side boundary before clearing the rope at cover to complete a fine hundred.
Jamieson (5-39) had the final say, however, claiming the last two wickets to claim his first five-wicket haul for Auckland. First, Rippon’s outside edge flew to second slip and then Michael Rae was cleaned up by a big inswinging delivery.
Early on in the ACES reply, the Volts score of 186 looked a long way away with the wickets of Graeme Beghin, Glenn Phillips and Robert O’Donnell falling in the first ten overs. At 28/3, Martin Guptill joined Sean Solia at a tense Outer Oval. The Volts were the charged up and making plenty of noise behind the wicket.
While there were several close shouts, the ACES pair battled away against a swinging new ball to remain at the crease when bad light ended play three overs early; Solia (16*) and Guptill (37*) will resume when play gets underway on Day Two.
Otago Volts 186 (M Rippon 106, M Chu 42, K Jamieson 5-39, D Ferns, 3-44) lead Auckland ACES 79/3 (M Guptill 37*)