Ford Trophy: Auckland Aces defending stay alive after Canterbury spin to epic collapse

Archbishop 131 all out in 38.3 overs (Chad Bowes 37, Henry Nicholls 21; Louis Delport 4-16, Matt Gibson 3-17, Adithya Ashok 3-31) she was lost Auckland Aces 132-3 (Cole Briggs 52, George Worker 40 Will O’Donnell 22). by folding seven

The defending Ford Trophy champions Auckland Aces kept their slim finals hopes alive with a disastrous seven-wicket victory over Canterbury.

Sent off by Auckland coach Robbie O’Donnell, Canterbury appeared to be in full control with 61 without loss to openers Chad Bowes and Black Cap Henry Nicholls.

But the home track advantage at Hagley Park was short lived as Canterbury then lost ten wickets to only 70 runs on a wet Thursday in Christchurch.

Louis Delport (right) celebrates one of his four wickets with Robbie O'Donnell.

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Louis Delport (right) celebrates one of his four wickets with Robbie O’Donnell.

After being taken for 15 runs in the first two overs, left-arm seamer Matt Gibson claimed the likes of Bowes, Nicholls and Cole McConchie in the third and fourth overs to reduce Canterbury to 3-66.

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Then Louis Delport and Adithya Ashok shot the archbishop’s twins in the middle and lower with seven wickets between them.

Delport’s 4-16 improved on his previous Lifetime Best of 4-29, set against Wellington last month. Gibson’s 3-17 from five books was also a personal best on the list.

The much-anticipated comeback in New Zealand cricket has now taken another successful step towards the England Test series with Kyle Jamieson sailing safely through the nine overs.

Kyle Jamieson has fired nine over the spell in bids to press for a possible return against England.

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Kyle Jamieson has fired nine over the spell in bids to press for a possible return against England.

Without taking a wicket, the big skipper got an economy rate of 3.78 through his overs in which to make the Black Caps team, which will be named on Friday.

Responding Auckland openers Cole Briggs and George Worker put on 93 for the first wicket before the former bowled for 52 and Worker (40) straight to mid-wicket, three balls behind the balls of Blake Coburn.

A 14-ball 22 from Will O’Donnell nearly got home to Auckland before a thick edge saw him fall to Angus McKenzie.

Central pool leaders host the Northern District men at McLean Park on Waitangi Day in the final match of the penultimate round and the winner will secure a top three spot and go a long way to securing the place they deserve to go straight to. the end

The second and third matches of the final elimination.

Auckland’s hopes of a third berth and a spot in the elimination final rest on them defeating Wellington in the last round plus beating Canterbury Stags and losing to Northern Otago Volts.

Ford trophy points table; Central Stags 24pts (eight games), Northern Districts Men 22pts (eight games), Canterbury 21pts, Otago Volts 18pts, Auckland Aces 17pts, Wellington Firebirds 16pts.

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