11 Dec, Monday

Delport fights as ACES defeated


Delport fights as ACES defeated

Praneel HiraAces

The ACES Plunket Shield hopes hang by a thread after defeat to the Wellington Firebirds by an innings and seven runs.

Trailing by 30 runs with two wickets in hand, a bright blue sky greeted the players at Colin Maiden Park.

Firebirds skipper Michael Bracewell continued on with his off-spinners, while Louis Delport (53*) made his way to a maiden First-Class fifty.

It was Bracewell who had the final say, nabbing both ACES wickets on the day to finish with career-best figures of 5-43 from his 29.4 overs.

The ACES now recoup before heading north to Whangarei for a Round Seven encounter with Northern Districts.