17 Mar 2012

Gillespie's day with the ball but South Africa on top in Hamilton

2:05 pm on 17 March 2012

Friday was a day to remember for the recalled Wellington bowler Mark Gillespie, but day two of the second cricket test against South Africa was one to forget for the New Zealand batsmen.

After bowling the Proteas out for 253 in their first innings before tea in Hamilton, with Gillespie claiming a five-wicket bag, the Black Caps ended the day on 65 for four in their second innings in Hamilton, trailing by three runs after bowling the Proteas out for 253 in their first innings before tea.

Black Caps opener Rob Nicol was bowled for just one by Vernon Philander, who also caught Brendon McCullum lbw for a mere five.

Dale Steyn claimed Martin Guptill's wicket, also for just one, to a catch at midwicket, while captain Ross Taylor became South Africa's fourth wicket, trapped lbw for 17, also by Steyn.

Gillespie was the star with the ball in his first test in more than three years, ending with five for 59.

Gillespie struck four times in four overs before lunch, including the key scalps of Jacques Kallis for just six and the dangerous Mark Boucher for 24.

AB de Villiers anchored the Proteas innings after they were reduced to 88 for six and the tourists didn't last long after Daniel Vettori bowled him for their highest score of 83.