Wednesday 12 January | Auckland won by 47 runs
The ACES have their first win on home turf for 21/22 after an exhilarating win over Northern Districts at Kennards Hire Community Oval.
ND captain Joe Carter had sent the hosts in before George Worker plundered his 16th List A century and his second in four innings for the ACES.
Worker establish and flourished in a record fourth-wicket stand of 185 with his skipper Robbie O’Donnell (95), who narrowly missed out on a maiden List-A century as he selflessly pushed the ACES on.
A mad dash in the final few overs saw the ACES get through to 303/7, as Zak Gibson claimed 4-61 from his ten overs.
Lockie Ferguson then ripped out the first four ND wickets, starting with Jeet Raval from the first ball and Carter from the third. At 37/4 in the seventh over, the ACES were well and truly on top.
It wasn’t over, however, as BLACKCAPS duo Colin de Grandhomme (126) and Mitchell Santner (74) set about rebuilding the chase with a fifth-wicket stand of 145 in 101 balls.
Sean Solia broke the stands when he had Santner caught behind on 74 at 182/5 in the 24th over, but de Grandhomme held the fort until Ferguson and Solia combined to turn the game one last time.
Ferguson finished with 6-27, the fifth-best List-A figures for the ACES before Danru Ferns picked off the last two wickets to clinch an impressive 47-run victory.