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Not required for a test debut against England, Lockie Ferguson turned in a starring role for the Auckland Aces.
Right-arm quick Ferguson was omitted from New Zealand’s XI for the first test against England in Mount Maunganui, starting on Thursday. He had been earlier named in New Zealand’s 15-man test squad for five tests against England and Australia over the next six weeks.
It seems a matter of when, not if, New Zealand’s fastest bowler will make his test debut with the second match in Hamilton, beginning next Friday, possibly providing that opportunity.
With Ferguson not needed in the Mount, he bolstered Auckland in the second round of the Ford Trophy one-day competition on Thursday as the Aces made it two wins from two.
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Ferguson shone at Eden Park outer oval, capturing 5-38 from nine overs as Auckland coasted to a 100-run victory over the Central Stags.
Chasing 272 to win, Central lost first round century-maker George Worker to a three-ball duck and things didn’t get much better from there.
Ferguson removed fellow first round centurion Ben Smith and then dismissed Willem Ludick and Seth Rance with fiery yorkers. Ludick and Rance departed within the space of three balls.
He returned to get rid of Central skipper and leading run scorer Tom Bruce for 56 – caught to a leading edge, and then had No.11 Ray Toole held at slip.
Auckland’s total of 271 was built around a 99-run fifth wicket stand between Robbie O’Donnell and Sean Solia, who followed up their batting efforts from round one.
O’Donnell hit eight fours in his 69 from 63
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