Gillespie rocks NSW with five-wicket haul

Published: Friday, November 21, 2003, 0:20 [IST]
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Australian Test paceman Jason Gillespie ran riot as South Australia seemingly took an iron grip on the Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales in Adelaide. Just back from a side strain and desperate to prove he is ready for the first Test against India in Brisbane next month, Gillespie snatched five for 54 in the New South Wales second innings of 267 at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. The blitz included an amazing four wickets from seven balls to bring an abrupt end to the visitors' innings. Chasing 135 for outright victory, South Australia were 38 for two wickets in their second knock, with skipper Greg Blewett unbeaten with 20, and needed only 97 more runs on the final day on Friday for the maximum six points. With Gillespie in rampant form, New South Wales crashed from a reasonable 261 for six wickets as the last four wickets went down for just six runs. Gillespie scooped up a remarkable four for five in his seven ball purple patch. In his comeback match after five weeks on the sidelines, Gillespie wrapped up impressive match figures of seven for 100, statistics which will delight Australian Test captain Steve Waugh, even though the performance has probably cost his state side this game. Test left-hander Simon Katich top scored with 69 in the New South Wales second innings. In Brisbane, left-hander Michael Di Venuto clipped a neat 59 and Michael Dighton (42) and Jamie Cox (40) played useful hands in Tasmania's cautious 224 for eight wickets on the opening day of a game against Queensland. Paceman Damien MacKenzie was a thorn in the islanders' side, seizing four for 43. In Melbourne, rain-washed out all but 100 minutes on the second day, with Victoria advancing from 12 for no wicket to 78 for one wicket against Western Australia, who made 273. Copyright AFP 2001

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