Friday, 13 October 2006

Gillespie in the wickets

This morning's Herald contains an interview Richard Boock conducted with Mark Gillespie. The interview also contains a brief assessment of New Zealand's first opponents in the Champions Trophy. Richard Boock noted that the team batted impresively in their first warm-up match while the bowlers "proved economical, if not overly penetrative."

Meanwhile New Zealand had its own warm-up match to play. And we didn't do too badly against a side that contained a handful of recognised players - including pace man Zaheer Khan. Batting first we made 246/8 with Vincent, Fleming, Marshall and Styris all getting some valuable time in the middle. Our second string bowling attack then restricted the MCA President's XI to 207, Gillespie starring with 3-37 along with Jeetan Patel who took 3-39. Jimmy Franklin and Kyle Mills also returned impressive figures, both bowling with an economy rate of under 3.

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