Otago seamer Michael Rae claimed career-best 50-over figures against Auckland (file photo).
It’s rare a bowler snares record figures for his province then finishes on the losing side.
For Otago seamer Michael Rae that was the bittersweet ending to one of his more memorable days on a cricket pitch, snaring 7-35 against Auckland in the Ford Trophy match at Eden Park’s Outer Oval on Sunday.
The third-best list-A (domestic 50-over) bowling analysis on New Zealand Cricket’s records didn’t avert the Volts’ first loss of the competition, by 133 runs to the Aces who bounced back from successive defeats to Northern Districts.
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When Rae snared his first of the day there was little hint of the bizarre events to follow, with Auckland setting a solid platform.
He enticed Graeme Beghin (20) to chop on and also shattered the castle of Aces skipper Rob O’Donnell (52) via the inside edge, as he snared the final six wickets for a remarkable final analysis of 10-1-35-7.
Rae, 25, was playing just his eighth list-A match and had a previous best of 3-45. He shifted Evan Marshall’s 7-49 against Auckland at Carisbrook in 1993-94 from Otago’s record books and now sits behind only Willie Watson (7-23 for Auckland v Otago in 1984-85) and Andrew Penn (7-28 for CD v ND in 2000-01) on the all-time list.
Still, Auckland’s total of 246 was plenty, as they unleashed some bowling fireworks of their own.
Ross ter Braak (4-27 off eight overs) demolished the Volts’ top-order, removing their dangermen Nick Kelly (4), Neil Broom (0) and Anaru Kitchen (0), the latter two facing a combined four deliveries before each being trapped lbw.
At 18-5 it was looking bleak for Otago, and a brisk 41 from Dale Phillips – brother of Black Caps Twenty20 star Glenn – provided only brief resistance. Rae (5) was last man out, removed by spinner Will Somerville (3-26) as Otago were done in the 37th over.
Canterbury’s dream season continued, after they plundered with the bat at Hagley Oval and inflicted ND’s first loss, by 137 runs.
Runaway Plunket Shield leaders, and 2-0 in the trophy after dual wins over Wellington, Canterbury racked up a daunting 346-8 via centuries from Chad Bowes and Ken McClure.
The pair added 200 for the second wicket with similar lively knocks. Bowes’ 110 off 110 deliveries featured 10 fours and a six, while McClure hit 107 off 100 and featured one more six than his team-mate. The latter’s previous best list-A score was 45.
Former Black Caps Jeet Raval (45) and Dean Brownlie (53) both needed to kick on for the visitors, while Will Williams and Ed Nuttall shared six wickets for Canterbury whose bowlers finished the job again.
AT A GLANCE
Ford Trophy, round three:
At Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland: Auckland 246 off 48 overs (Will O’Donnell 61, Rob O’Donnell 52, Martin Guptill 36; Michael Rae 7-35) beat Otago 113 off 36.3 overs (Dale Phillips 41; Ross ter Braak 4-27, Will Somerville 3-26) by 133 runs.
At Hagley Oval, Christchurch: Canterbury 346-8 off 50 overs (Chad Bowes 110, Ken McClure 107, Cam Fletcher 40no; Jake Gibson 3-63, Brett Randell 2-76, Anurag Verma 2-77) beat Northern Districts 209 off 41.5 overs (Dean Brownlie 53, Brett Hampton 53, Jeet Raval 45; Will Williams 3-26, Ed Nuttall 3-58, Sean Davey 2-23) by 137 runs.
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