01 Jul, Friday

Phillips brings up ton on day two


Phillips brings up ton on day two

Praneel HiraAces

A hundred for Glenn Phillips was a highlight for the Auckland Aces on day two of their Plunket Shield match against Northern Districts in Whangarei.

Starting the day at 401/49 runs needed in 14 overs to get maximum batting points, Phillips and Ben Horne began the day in positive fashion. Phillips brought up 50, and the pair swiftly brought up their 50 partnership.

With four points in the bag, Phillips was joined by Will Somerville. On day one Phillips had been intensely patient while getting off the mark. He reaped the rewards from that patience today, reaching his century in 184 balls, including 13 fours and a six.

Another 50 partnership, this time between Phillips and Somerville, took the Aces over the 400-run mark.

Matt McEwan, in his customary style, made 22 off 18 before he was trapped LBW. Auckland finally declared halfway through the second session at 468/9. Phillips had his highest score – a well-deserved 133 not out.

The Aces couldn’t make the breakthrough before tea, but if it was any consolation, the Northern Districts batsmen weren’t making many runs.

Somerville, in the process of bowling one of his 12 maidens, dismissed both ND openers – Henry Cooper for 58 and Bharat Popli for 24.

ND seemed determined to make Auckland fight for a result. For the Aces, the consolation of going for less than two runs an over probably evaporated some point around Joe Carter’s fifth scoring shot – he played all of seven off 60 balls.

Still, the Aces remained patient. Somerville bowled 23 overs for 33 runs, McEwan 10 for 19. The final five overs of the day – including two from Phillips – were maidens.

Auckland has plenty of work to do tomorrow, but there’ll be no lack of enthusiasm to grab an early wicket.

Northern Districts will start day three on 106/2 – Carter 7*, Tim Seifert 9*.

Full scorecard here.

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