26 Jun, Sunday

Robbie O'Donnell leads ACES on back and forth day


Robbie O’Donnell leads ACES on back and forth day

Praneel HiraAces

Day One

ACES Captain Robbie O’Donnell led the way on a tough day of cricket against Canterbury at the Outer Oval.

Coming in at 37/2, the skipper set about rebuilding the ACES innings after winning the toss and electing to bat first. A promising partnership with Cole Briggs for the fourth wicket helped the ACES go to lunch at 82/3.

The lunchtime score represented a fair session of back-and-forth cricket, but one the ACES will have been please to have come through. Canterbury then hit back at the start of the afternoon session. 89/3 became 97/5 as Briggs fell to Sean Davey (4-45) soon after lunch.

O’Donnell then found excellent support in all-rounder Ross ter Braak. The pair put together 121 runs for the sixth wicket, standing up to a committed Canterbury attack.

With the ACES back towards Day One parity and O’Donnell nearing a second successive century, the skipper was trapped in front for 93 off 156 balls.

Will Williams (3-32) and Ed Nuttall (3-90) sensed an opening. Though ter Braak (57) brought up his maiden First-Class fifty, the tail couldn’t come to terms with the new ball and the ACES were bowled out for 235 in the 87th over.

A fruitless seven overs followed before stumps. The ACES bowlers will look to fire up for Day Two.