Auckland A has finished their three-day match against Central Districts A in a tie at Lloyd Elsmore Park today, after two incredible batting performances from Finn Allen and Ben Horne.
Auckland A initially sent CD A into bat, and a first day 128 from Kieran Noema-Barnett helped Central declare on 449/9 on day two.
While the batting didn’t get off to the perfect start for Auckland A, Sean Solia (72) and Will O’Donnell (62) both put together well-crafted innings’ to help Auckland onto the front foot.
Finn Allen and Ben Horne combined just before the end of day two. Auckland finished the day’s lay on 249/5, still 200 runs shy of Central’s own first-innings effort.
Day three belonged to Allen and Horne. Together they put on 250 runs; a partnership that so frustrated Central Districts that every fielder other than Ma’ara Ave came to the bowling crease in the hope of breaking it. To be fair, if Ave wasn’t wicketkeeping he might have had a go too.
Allen brought his hundred up first, off 128 balls. Soon after, Horne reached his century off 120 balls.
The pair batted on after lunch, clearing CD’s score. At the point where they marked the 250-run partnership, Allen retired not out on 134. He spent 258 minutes at the crease and hit 21 fours and one six.
Four balls afterwards, Horne was caught for 133 off Felix Murray. He batted for 203 minutes and hit 18 fours.
Auckland A kept batting until tea, eventually reaching 515/9. Although play was scheduled to finish at 5:30, the match was declared a tie with a session left.