Born:17 April 1968, Devon, England
Major Teams: New Zealand
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
Roger Twose may not be the most attractive batsman to watch but his immense
value to the New Zealand side can hardly be overstated. The 32- year-old
England-born player is the shock absorber of the team, keeping one end
tight and resolutely accumulating the runs. Twose came into the ICC
KnockOut on the back of some supreme form in the three match one-day series
against Zimbabwe where he produced scores of 70 not out, 64 and 63.
Unfortunately for him the last two of those scores were in losing causes.
In this quarterfinal game however, against the same opponents, Twose was to
build the launchpad of a comfortable victory.
After New Zealand had been put into bat, Twose appeared in the middle at
the fall of the second wicket with the score on 57. He saw his skipper
Stephen Fleming depart soon after but found a durable partner in Chris
Cairns with whom he added 51. But it was the arrival of Craig McMillan and
his 95 run association with Twose that really formed the centrepiece of the
innings. While McMillan was the pacemaker, Twose was no slouch. His
favourite area was the backward point region to which several boundaries
accrued and he also opened his shoulders on one occasion to swing Grant
Flower over midwicket for six. For the most part however he was content to
nudge the ball away for singles, especially in the V between longon and
Twose fell in trying to clear longoff and holing out to the fielder
stationed on the boundary, having made a priceless 85 off 111 balls
including six boundaries besides that one hit over the fence. New Zealand's
final score of 265 proved too good for their adversary. Twose had an early
hand in the proceedings, running backwards from midoff to complete a fine
catch that packed off Craig Wishart, as Zimbabwe succumbed by 64 runs.
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