A fiery Kyle Jamieson burst and a stunning Sean Solia spell sealed a dominant ACES victory over the Otago Volts early on Day Three at Eden Park’s Outer Oval.
While Moving Day shaped as one where the ACES would be asked to toil by the Volts, who resumed their second inning at 13/1, the bowlers had other ideas.
Nightwatchman Michael Rae was Jamieson’s first scalp of the day, comfortably caught by Martin Guptill at second slip. When Mitch Renwick followed in similar style, caught by Glenn Phillips at first slip, the ACES spearhead had his tail up. Jamieson (3-6) made it eight wickets for the match two overs later, scooping a low return chance to nab Volts skipper Hamish Rutherford.
Even though Solia claimed the wicket of Nick Kelly with his first delivery of the day, few would have expected the all-rounder to produce such an extraordinary spell.
Ollie Pringle chimed in with a tidy five-over spell, claiming the wicket of Nathan Smith, whose fine edge was snaffled by ACES centurion Ben Horne. The rest was done by Solia, who claimed career-best figures of 5-8 from his unchanged 5.4 overs.
Guptill clung on to a rising catch at second slip before Volts opener Anaru Kitchen, who had seen seven of his partners come and go, was trapped in front of off stump. The final two wickets, Jacob Duffy and Travis Muller, came in succession with Guptill taking his third catch of the session before a final leg-before decision sealed an innings victory.
The morning session burst made the most of the Day Two record ninth-wicket partnership by Horne (162) and Danru Ferns (63) which gave the ACES a sizeable lead heading into Day Three.
Otago Volts 186 (M Rippon 106, M Chu 42, K Jamieson 5-39, D Ferns, 3-44) and 54 (A Kitchen 30, S Solia 5-8, K Jamieson 3-6) lost to Auckland ACES 369/9 dec. (B Horne 162, M Guptill 65, D Ferns 63*, J Duffy, 3-60) by an innings and 129 runs.
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