No ill-feeling over run-out farce: Gillesp

Published: Friday, June 27, 2008, 5:22 [IST]
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London: New Zealand quick Mark Gillespie is adamant the run-out row which marred the Black Caps' dramatic one-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against England at The Oval will not leave a legacy of ill-feeling come Saturday's series finale at Lord's.

Late in the game, England captain Paul Collingwood refused to withdraw a run-out appeal after Grant Elliott was dismissed after being knocked over by onrushing bowler Ryan Sidebottom.

New Zealand were furious that Collingwood allowed the appeal to stand. But a combination of a victory, which left them an unbeatable 2-1 up with one to play, and Collingwood's subsequent apology calmed their frayed tempers.

"People ask if there will be any ill-feeling on Saturday and we can beat on about this until it is completely dead," said Gillespie.

"It is over. It has happened. If you ask 100 people, 50 may see it one way, 50 may see it the other way.

"We know it is going to make headlines and everyone will be talking about it. But we move on.

"The mood in the dressing room after we had won is something you wake up in the morning wanting to be part of," said last man Gillespie, whose scrambled two off the last ball saw New Zealand to victory.

He added: "I saw the replay for the first time myself when I was padding up and I was getting quite angry.

"I had to sit down and keep calm. I went out there feeling very nervous and it was a good feeling to pull off the win."

Victory for World Cup semi-finalists New Zealand on Saturday - where Collingwood will be serving the first of a four-game ban for England's slow over-rate at The Oval - would see them end a tour where they were well-beaten in the Test series and in the lone Twenty20 on a high.

"I have not been part of the squad for the Test matches so I don't have that baggage," Gillespie explained.

"When myself and Scott Styris came into the side after the Tests, the guys were hurting, you could tell that.

"Even after the Twenty20 match and the first one-dayer, it looked like things weren't going to get better.

"But the management and our skipper Daniel Vettori kept hammering into us that we were a good one-day side.

"We've had to dig deep and I found myself putting in that extra bit."


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