August 27, 2000

Giles celebrates England recall with half century at Lord's

Ashley Giles
Jack Russell is quick off the mark but the third umpire gives the green light to Ashley Giles, named in the Test squad for The Oval
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Ashley Giles celebrated his recall to the England Squad for the fourth Test at the Oval this week, with a timely half-century for Warwickshire in the NatWest Trophy final at Lord's.

NatWest Trophy

Having been put in to bat in overcast conditions, on the reserve day after Saturday's wash-out, the midland county lost early wickets as Gloucestershire's left-arm pace bowler, Mike Smith, found the out-side edge of Nick Knight's bat with his second ball and then yorked Anurag Singh in his fifth over.

But Giles steadied the innings in two valuable partnerships, taking the total from 32 for 2 to 81 before losing Dominic Ostler for 19 and then he added 48 with Trevor Penney (20). He was eventually caught at short mid-wicket for 60 from 104 balls but had done excellent work to revive the innings.

He had paced it well, accelerating the scoring rate with fine stroke-play which brought him five boundaries and included some powerful shots on either side of the wicket with a couple of delicate late-cuts.

The innings faltered again with his departure, the next three wickets went in a space of 36 runs, until captain Neil Smith's free-hitting towards the end helped the final total to 205 for seven. Smith remained unbeaten with 28 from 29 balls.