September 1, 2002

Man of the match Elliott thrilled with C&G knock

Matthew Elliott doesn't believe he has played a better one-day innings than the unbeaten 128 which carried Yorkshire to a six-wicket win in the C&G Trophy final at Lord's.

"I would have to say that is probably the best I have ever played in one-day cricket," said the Australian left-hander.

"I think the measure of a player is how well you can do in the second innings of a one-day match and I was very pleased the way I kept my head."

"I had some great support from Anthony McGrath. He used the crease and played some good shots against the spinners and gave me a breather when I was struggling a little in the 90s."

"To be honest, I harbour World Cup ambitions," he added. "I have felt like I have played really well in one-day cricket in the Australian summer. But at the moment I am not even in the (Australian) third XI. That means I am not in the top 30 players in the country."

The defeated Somerset captain, Tasmanian Jamie Cox, was quick to heap praise on the Victorian.

"I think he is one of two or three of the outstanding Australian batsman of my generation," Cox said. "I don't know why he has not played more Test cricket. If a guy like that has not played Test cricket for three years it says a lot about our cricket.

"I have seen a lot of him - but I have never seen him play as well as that. We bowled well in the first 15 overs. But he did not give us the sniff of a chance - and if they don't let you in there is not much you can do."

Not surprisingly the victorious Yorkshire captain, Richard Blakey, was in full agreement. "He has been an absolute run machine for us. To come out of an off season and play like he has done is unbelievable - and today is the icing on the cake."