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Career-best figures for NZ paceman Quinn

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016

New Zealand paceman Matt Quinn has claimed a career-best seven wickets to put Essex in control on the first day of their English County Championship against Gloucestershire.

Quinn took 7-61 as the home side stumbled to 218-8 at stumps in Cheltenham, the 23-year-old Aucklander proving near unplayable in a destructive second spell.

He took 6-22 in the space of eight overs after lunch, including the successive wickets of New Zealanders Hamish Marshall and Kieran Noema-Barnett.

Right-armer Quinn, who had never previously taken a five-wicket bag, is a former New Zealand age group representative who made his Auckland debut three years ago.

The 23-year-old took five Kent scalps for the match in a first-class win last week.

Another Kiwi domestic player to shine was Otago's James Fuller in Middlesex's two-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton.

Right-arm seamer Fuller, 26, took three wickets in each innings and, batting at No.10, scored a career-high 93 to help Middlesex build a 145-run first-innings lead.

Meanwhile, James Neesham and Hamish Rutherford were both influential in home side Derbyshire's six-wicket defeat of Lancashire in a Twenty20 Blast match.

Allrounder Neesham took 4-35 as Lancashire posted 167-9 and raced to 23 off 15 balls as Derbyshire reached their target with eight balls to spare. Opener Rutherford scored 36 of his 47 runs from boundaries in a 27-ball whirlwind knock.

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