McMillan's injury worries New Zealand
Leicestershire 210 & 68-2 New Zealand 413 & 357-5 dec
Monday 31 May 2004
Any satisfaction the tourists might have taken from gathering easy runs in pleasant sunshine here was tempered by an injury to Craig McMillan serious enough to make him a doubt for Thursday's second Test.
The 27-year-old all-rounder was taken to hospital for an inconclusive X-ray after being struck on a finger he has already broken during the current tour. Having batted during the first Test wearing a protective finger guard inside his glove, McMillan had been playing fluently yesterday when he was hit by a delivery from medium-pacer Darren Maddy. He continued briefly but was forced to retire.
Coach John Bracewell said: "It is the same finger, the little finger on his left hand, that he broke in fielding practice before the game against Worcestershire, but we will not know until the swelling has gone down, maybe in 48 hours, how bad it is."
With fast bowler Shane Bond already ruled out by a back injury - although, ironically, he had to field in place of McMillan yesterday - it was the last thing the tourists wanted as they attempt to square the three-match series at Headingley before going on to Trent Bridge for the final encounter on Thursday week.
Otherwise, there have been more positives than negatives for Stephen Fleming's side to draw from this match, although it may be argued that the opposition, bottom of the Second Division in the Championship and without six regular players, did not amount to much.
Having dismissed Leicestershire for 210 on Saturday but declining to enforce the follow-on, they reached 357 for 5 before declaring 10 overs after tea yesterday, leaving their hosts with a theoretical target of 561 to win.
Fleming hit 16 fours on the way to 95 before edging an attempted drive into his stumps off Maddy while McMillan had gathered eight fours in reaching 68 before going off. But Michael Papps and Scott Styris both missed out, the former looping a catch to gully off the shoulder of the bat, Styris trapped in front trying to work the ball to mid-wicket.
Leicestershire's approach to the game was such that batsmen Darren Robinson, Darren Stevens and John Sadler all took a turn with the ball, allowing Chris Cairns (five fours, five sixes) and Daniel Vettori (13 fours, on six) to help themselves to some easy pickings.
Robinson and Stevens were early casualties before the close, with Leicestershire still trailing by 492.
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