Fabulous Ferguson | PHOTOSPORT

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Fast Lockie Ferguson took his Dream11 Super Smash career best as the Auckland Aces turned on all cylinders with a winnng all-round performance in Queenstown.

Otago Volts captain Hamish Rutherford won the toss and batted on the stunning Central Otago arvo, but Lockie Ferguson just picked up from where he had left off in Palmerston North as he ripped out the top three Otago wickets with his thunderbolts.

And, he wasn't done for the day.

Veterans Rutherford and Neil Broom were his early victims at 17/2 after two quick strikes in the space of three balls in his second over, then it was Josh Tasman-Jones stopped at 70/3.

Tasman-Jones had reached 24 in a steadying 53-stand with Nick Kelly before he popped a catch to George Worker in the 11th over and Ferguson had three.

Undaunted, Kelly answered that by taking the bulk of a dozen runs off Mark Chapman's next over.

Kelly thumped a trio of sixes and five boundaries in his top score of 58, but when Ferguson knocked him out at 100/5 in the 15th, the Aces soon shut down the Otago tail.

NZ U19 allrounder Beckham Wheeler-Greenall was on Otago Volts and Dream11 Super Smash debut and finished unbeaten on 5* while Ferguson walked off with a career best 4-19.

Yet again he had excellent support from opening bowler Ben Lister, the big man with the dangerous left-arm outswing, Lister going for just 2-14 off his four overs.

The Volts had managed to muster 129/9 in their 20 and that never felt enough against the Aces' line-up.

Matt Bacon had a huge early wicket in Martin Guptill first over, but George Worker got going with Mark Chapman and the assured pair both posted half centuries.

Chapman became young Wheeler-Greenall's maiden wicket when he was caught and bowled on 55.

But the Aces were already well in control by the, Worker going on to an unbeaten 53* as he hit the winning runs in the 18th over.


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