01 Jul, Friday

Host of star performances as ACES secure biggest ever Ford Trophy win


Host of star performances as ACES secure biggest ever Ford Trophy win

Praneel HiraAces

Auckland ACES vs. Canterbury | ACES won by 219 runs

At Auckland’s Kennards Hire Community Oval, the Auckland ACES had a big day out with the bat, with the highlight being skipper Robbie O’Donnell’s maiden List A century on the last ball of the inning.

O’Donnell finished with an unbeaten 100 not out (off 79 balls, with six boundaries and five sixes) in his side’s big total of 365/5 off 50 overs, finishing off Auckland’s fifth highest ever one-day total alongside Ben Horne (24* off 15).

Earlier, Martin Guptill set the early pace with a knock of 90 off 83 balls in his 50th Ford Trophy appearance for the ACES, while Glenn Phillips hit an aggressive 45 off 31 balls.

Mark Chapman (64) and O’Donnell set a new record fourth-wicket stand for the ACES with their partnership of 149, while the eventual winning margin of 219 runs – having later dismissed defending champion Canterbury for 146 – is Auckland’s biggest winning margin in the 50-over format.
With the ball, Ross ter Braak (3-20) rocked the visiting top-order, picking up the ACES first three wickets inside the first ten overs. Leo Carter (36) and Cole McConchie (35) asked the ACES to work for a fourth before Phillips and Horne combined to complete a sharp run-out.

From there, the ACES spinners took over. Leg-spinner Adithya Ashok enjoyed another outing on the Kennards Hire Community Oval wicket collecting another career-best List-A haul, claiming 4-25 off his seven overs.

The bonus-point win lifts the ACES up to third on the table. Both sides return on Sunday to do it all again.