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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 January, 2004, 14:03 GMT
WA too strong for Zimbabwe
Tour match, Perth
Western Australia 286-9 beat Zimbabwe 216 by 70 runs

Scott Meuleman
Scott Meuleman's innings in Perth was not all about aggression
Zimbabwe's preparations for the upcoming VB Series were given something of a jolt at the WACA by Western Australia.

The state side put up a big total and the tourists never looked on course to hunt it down, though Mark Vermeulen and Tatenda Taibu did well.

Earlier, Sean Ervine took 5-56 but WA prospered through the batting of Murray Goodwin and Scott Meuleman.

Zimbabwe's Craig Wishart was forced to retire hurt on 13 and did not return.

WA won the toss and scored at a good lick from the off with Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak sitting out the match.

Ryan Campbell, Chris Rogers and Mike Hussey were all out cheaply, but Meuleman scored easily enough and was finally out for 67, bowled by Grant Flower.

At 161-5, they needed something of a recovery, however, and it was provided by Goodwin (77) and Brad Hogg (48), who put on 95 in partnership in less than 15 overs.

Zimbawe's run chase was well served by Vermeulen early on, as he thumped 12 boundaries in a 35-ball 55.

But when he was the fourth man out, with the score on 101, only Taibu (33) threatened to undermine the state team's progress.

Wicket-keeper Campbell collected three catches and a stumping with the wickets shared around.

The match ended in the 45th over when Travis Freind cut Marcus North straisht to point.

Western Australia: MEK Hussey (capt.), SW Meuleman, RJ Campbell, CJL Rogers, MW Goodwin, MJ North, GB Hogg, PC Worthington, JJ Taylor, DJ Wates, P Wilson.

Zimbabwe: T Taibu (capt.), V Sibanda, SV Carlisle, MA Vermeulen, GW Flower, CB Wishart, SM Ervine, AM Blignaut, TJ Friend, DT Hondo, NB Mahwire.

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