The Auckland Aces have booked a place in the Georgie Pie Super Smash grand final after easily beating the Northern Knights.
Valiant bowling efforts from Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, and Scott Kuggeleign didn’t aid the Knights in their efforts to stop the Aces cruising to victory at Seddon Park this evening.
Aces batsmen Craig Cachopa forged a half century as together with Colin Munro.
The pair hit timely blows for fours and sixes which always kept the run chase in perfect comfort, sending the Knights packing from the Georgie Pie Super Smash competition.
Cachopa went on to put in his best innings of the Super Smash, finishing unbeaten on 67.
In the end the Aces chased down the 141 run total with ease, and it all began when the Knights batting let them down again.
A hat trick to Michael Bates highlighted some top notch bowling by the Aces after the Knights had gotten off to a flyer early in the first innings.
It was second straight collapse in back-to-back playoff matches for the Knights after earlier in the innings Kevin O’Brien had smashed 52 runs off just 25 balls in one of the best innings seen in the Super Smash tournament.
The record-holding Irish import gave the Knights the best platform to what should have been an imposing total.
Problems arose for the Knights as the middle order again failed to bring the innings home. Daryl Mitchell struggled to get going with the bat and after he was bowled by Michael Bates, the lower order crumbled suddenly.
The last five overs in the Knights inning saw an RR of a run per ball for the Knights.
Unable to take advantage of the solid start, the Knights sunk to being bowled out in the last over for just 140 runs.