Ford Trophy: Michael Rae’s remarkable seven-wicket haul can’t prevent Otago’s defeat to Auckland



Otago sailor Michael Rae claimed the top 50-over grades against Auckland (file photo).

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Otago sailor Michael Rae claimed the best 50-over figures against Auckland (photo file).

It’s rare for a bowler to snap record numbers for his county and then end up on the losing side.

For Otago sailor Michael Rae, that was the bittersweet end to one of his more memorable days on a cricket ground, with 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 failed to prevent the Volts’ first loss of the league, with 133 runs to the Aces coming back from consecutive defeats to Northern Districts.

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He seduced Graeme Beghin (20) to cut through and also smashed Aces skipper Rob O’Donnell (52) ‘s castle through the inner rim, snapping the last six wickets for a remarkable final analysis of 10-1-35-7 .

Rae, 25, just played his eighth List-A game and had a previous record of 3-45. He shifted Evan Marshall’s 7-49 against Auckland at Carisbrook in 1993-94 from the Otago record books and is now only behind 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 enough, as they set off some bowling fireworks themselves.

Ken McClure scored his first list-A century before Canterbury (photo file).

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Ken McClure scored his first list – A century before Canterbury (photo file).

Ross ter Braak (4-27 from eight overs) destroyed the Volts’ top-order and removed their dangermen Nick Kelly (4), Neil Broom (0) and Anaru Kitchen (0), the latter two facing a combined four deliveries for each lbw caught.

Things looked bleak for Otago at 18-5, and a solid 41 from Dale Phillips – brother of Black Caps Twenty20 star Glenn – only held back briefly. Rae (5) was the last man out, removed by spinner Will Somerville (3-26) while Otago was finished in the 37th over.

Canterbury’s dream season continued after they looted the bat at Hagley Oval and inflicted ND’s first defeat, with 137 points.

Runaway Plunket Shield leaders, and 2-0 in the trophy after double wins over Wellington, Canterbury achieved a daunting 346-8 over centuries of Chad Bowes and Ken McClure.

The pair added 200 for the second wicket with similarly brisk strikes. Bowes’ 110 of 110 deliveries were 10 fours and a six, while McClure hit 107 of 100 and had one more six than his teammate. The latter’s previous best list A score was 45.

Former Black Caps Jeet Raval (45) and Dean Brownlie (53) both had to work for the visitors, while Will Williams and Ed Nuttall shared six wickets for Canterbury whose bowlers finished the job.

AT A GLANCE

Ford Trophy, round three:

At Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland: Auckland 246 from 48 overs (Will O’Donnell 61, Rob O’Donnell 52, Martin Guptill 36; Michael Rae 7-35) Otago 113 36.3 overs (Dale Phillips 41; Ross ter Braak 4-27, Will Somerville 3-26) with 133 runs.

At Hagley Oval, Christchurch: Canterbury 346-8 from 50 overs (Chad Bowes 110, Ken McClure 107, Cam Fletcher 40no; Jake Gibson 3-63, Brett Randell 2-76, Anurag Verma 2-77) Districts North 209 41.5 overs (Dean Brownlie 53, Brett Hampton 53, Jeet Raval 45; Will Williams 3-26, Ed Nuttall 3-58, Sean Davey 2-23) with 137 runs.

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