01 Jul, Friday

Record Partnership helps ACES into Grand Final


Record Partnership helps ACES into Grand Final

Praneel HiraAces

Auckland ACES vs. Otago Volts | ACES won by 96 runs

The Auckland ACES have claimed the inaugural Ross Dykes Memorial Trophy and are in to Saturday’s 2021/22 Ford Trophy Grand Final, after a dominant 96-run over the Otago Volts.

The match started with a guard of honour for retiring Volts Neil Broom and Anaru Kitchen, the latter who started his career with the ACES.
Batting first at Kennards Hire Community Oval today, openers Martin Guptill and George Worker produced a thunderous Auckland all-wickets one-day record partnership of 260.
Both men scored a century, Guptill the first to reach three figures, off 83 balls in 122 minutes (8×4, 4×6) – his ninth Ford Trophy ton for his team and the 28th of his overall List A one-day career.
Belligerent left-hander Worker followed suit soon after off 95 balls, in 133 minutes (12×4, 2×6).
It was Worker’s third hundred for the ACES in his debut season in blue – equalling the Auckland record for most Ford Trophy centuries in a summer, shared with Lou Vincent and Colin Munro.
It was the 15th hundred of Worker’s Ford Trophy career and 17th List A century overall, while Guptill is now the outright record-holder for most ACES one-day centuries (nine), having previously shared the record with Munro.
The dynamic duo not only smashed the ACES’ List A opening partnership record – which until today stood at 226, set by Sean Solia and Cole Briggs at the same ground last season, but went on to break the all-wickets record for their team which had stood since 2007/08 when Rob Nicol and Richard Jones put on 242 at Eden Park against ND for the third wicket.

The ACES pair batted into the 36th over of the match before Guptill was caught off Angus McKenzie (3-66) for 137 off 106 balls. McKenzie then dismissed Worker in his following over on 122 (114 balls).

The Volts picked off four more wickets, but Glenn Phillips hit a 30-ball fifty on his way to 68 off 41 balls. The ACES finished with 380/6 – the fifth biggest total in the team’s history.
Needing almost eight an over from the outset, the Volts’ opening pair put on 71 before Mitch Renwick became the maiden List A wicket for 20-year-old Simon Keene.
Assisted by sharp fielding, Keene quickly found himself with a chance of a five-wicket bag – having already taken a maiden five-for on debut in the Plunket Shield.
Mark Chapman took a screamer to end Neil Broom’s List A career after just six balls in his last innings, the veteran falling to the debutant. Athletic efforts by Adithya Ashok and Will Somerville then helped Keene dismiss opener Dale Phillips (47) and Michael Rippon (0) in the space of five balls in the 16th over as well.
With the Ross Dykes Memorial Trophy on the line, and the Volts in trouble at 94/4, veteran Anaru Kitchen led a fightback with an unbeaten century at six, tasked with trying to reel in a required run rate in double figures with just four wickets in hand.
Returning at the death in search for a fifth wicket, Keene finished with figures of 4-47 off his 10 overs on debut, while Kitchen reached 106 not out off 95 balls, his fifth List-A century, supported by an unbeaten 54* from Travis Muller – Muller’s maiden half century in this format, as the Volts finished on 284/6.