WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY 2020
AUCKLAND ACES beat NORTHERN DISTRICTS by 58 runs
• Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
The Aces were back at their alternate home ground, Eden Park Outer Oval and back to their winning ways despite having been sent in by Northern Districts skipper Joe Carter.
The Auckland batsman strung together partnerships with Robbie O'Donnell (61) putting on 86 for the fourth wicket with Finn Allen (a career-best 44) and 70 for the fifth with Ben Horne - who blasted 70 off just 46 balls fresh off his maiden century in the previous round.
Defending 297 for seven, Kyle Jamieson made two valuable early strikes to have ND 16/2, but BJ Watling loomed as a significant threat to the hosts batting at four.
Watling (73) dominated a 75-run stand with Carter for the third wicket before adding an 80-run partnership for the fourth with Henry Cooper (69).
Caught in the deep by Jamieson, Watling was a big wicket for spinner Louis Delport who went on to a career-best 3-41 as the Aces rattled through the last six wickets to dismiss ND for 239 with a handful of overs to spare - after the visitors had been cruising at 205 for five.
The Aces now head to Pukekura Park on Sunday to meet the Central Stags.
Competition Winner: Auckland Aces
|Played||Won||Lost||Tied||No Result||Abandoned||Bonus Points||Total Points||Net Run Rate|
|1 –||Auckland Aces||10||6||4||0||0||0||4||28||0.46|
|3 –||Otago Volts||10||5||4||0||0||1||2||24||0.21|
|6 –||Central Stags||10||2||7||0||1||0||0||10||-0.84|