Gillespie picks up eight wickets against NSW

Published: Friday, October 26, 2001, 22:10 [IST]
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Sydney: Jason Gillespie smashed the star-studded New South Wales (NSW) batting lineup by taking eight wickets in Sydney on Friday, but his South Australian (SA) team lost its first innings points in an extraordinary opening day of its interstate match.
A total of 20 wickets fell on the first day with NSW, batting a second time, 16 without loss for an overall lead of 62 runs. Test paceman Gillespie fired down two spells of world-class bowling either side of lunch, taking four wickets in each patch to finish with career best figures of eight for 50 as NSW collapsed to 188. But Gillespie's team-mates failed to make the fast bowler's effort count for anything as SA replied with a paltry 142. In a warning to New Zealand's batsmen ahead of the first Test starting in less than a fortnight, Gillespie kept the ball pitched up all day - with devastating consequences. He beat Michael Slater to trap the out-of-form opener lbw with the sixth ball of the day, but his best delivery was the one that got through Mark Waugh. Waugh (12) has been in outstanding form and looked ominous until Gillespie knocked over his off-stump with a ball, which seamed viciously to make one of the world's best batsmen look ordinary. "That was as good as I can bowl," Gillespie said. "I can't bowl any better than that." Play was called off without a ball being bowled on day three of the match between Victoria and Queensland in Melbourne. Victoria will resume on Saturday's final day at 160 for three in reply to Queensland's first innings of 417, with Brad Hodge not out 39 and Michael Klinger 20.

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