Hillier hypnotizes Taipans with ball in rare return to action
MICHAEL Hillier bowls well fresh.
Or so it seems after his return to Ipswich Division One action for the first time in more than 18 months.
Hillier took a remarkable 6-5 from 6.5 overs to help Northsiders dismiss Eastern Taipans for 65 at Keith Sternberg Oval on Saturday.
Northsiders (112) had claimed first innings points and a handy Taipans (1-6) wicket by stumps.
The Abdul Qadir of North Ipswich was coy about a label for his bowling, not wanting to give anything away to opposing batsmen.
"It's a bit of funny stuff off a couple of steps," Hillier said.
"And a bit of off-spin.
"I tried to build a bit of pressure and they played a couple of bad shots."
Hillier gave special mention to Tigers keeper Greig Cumming, who took a neat leg-side stumping chance off Hillier's bowling.
Don't expect a follow-up performance for a while however.
Hillier has proven he's at his best following a long break.
And with a recently born third child in the family he is playing just to help out occasionally.
"I've got a fair few commitments before Christmas," he said.
But Hillier didn't seem surprised by his immediate success.
"You don't lose those sort of things," he said.
"I've always been able to put the ball where I want to put it.
"It's been fun to get out and play with the Northsiders boys.
"Aaron Moore has done a good job and is bringing a good culture to the place.