August 27, 2000

Giles justifies England recall

Staff and agencies

Ashley Giles, the slow left arm spinner from Warwickshire justified his recall to the England team for the fifth Test against the West Indies. He top scored with 60 thereby rescuing Warwickshire and setting Gloucestershire a victory target of 206 in 50 overs in the NatWest Trophy final at Lord's today.

Warwickshire were put in to bat under overcast conditions and Giles batted well to capitalise on some poor bowling with Michael Smith being the only exception. Michael Smith struck early by removing the danger man Nick Knight (1) caught by Jack Russell. Knight had scored centuries in the quarter-final win over Glamorgan and in the semifinal win over Hampshire. He then bowled the other opener Anurag Singh (10). But runs came freely for Warwickshire when Smith was replaced by Alleyne after a spell of 7-2-16-2.

However the introduction of part time seamer Tim Hancock and Smith's return for his second spell put the brakes on the scoring with only 21 runs added between the 30th and 40th overs. Giles finally got out to Hancock after making 60 in 104 balls. Smith in his final over removed Trevor Penney (20) thereby finishing with figures of 10-3-18-3.

Hancock removed Dougie Brown for his second wicket and ended with figures of 10-1-34-2. Skipper Neil Smith (28 not out in 29 balls) along with Keith Piper (8 not out) put on an unfinished stand of 35 runs in 4 overs for the eighth wicket which made Warwickshire close at 205 for 7.