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Aces miss out on major semi final

The Auckland Aces season came to an end on Eden Park`s Outer Oval on Sunday afternoon when they lost out to the Wellington Firebirds by four wickets in the Ford Trophy semi-finals.

The Aces batted first and were again given an excellent start by openers Anaru Kitchen and Tim McIntosh. Kitchen`s 34 from just 29 deliveries helped the hosts score 74 runs in the first ten powerplay overs while McIntosh`s excellent form continued as he scored another half century. At 103/1 in the 17th over the Aces looked set for a substantial total, but, despite 49 from Donovan Grobbelaar, Auckland would lose their final nine wickets for just 117 runs to finish with an under par total of 220.

In reply the Firebirds appeared to be doing it easy when they raced to 134/0 in just the 22nd over however three quick Bhupinder Singh wickets suddenly breathed life back into the match.

With the game now looking to be back in the balance Colin de Grandhomme and Matt Quinn each picked up wickets to bolster Auckland`s chances but ultimately it was the visitors who would hold their nerve securing victory in the 45th over.

Auckland Aces 220 (T McIntosh 54, D Grobbelaar 49, A Kitchen 34) lost to Wellington Firebirds

224/6 (M Pollard 85, M Papps 43, B Singh 3/35) by four wickets.


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