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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 May, 2003, 19:00 GMT 20:00 UK
England race to victory
First Test, Lord's, day three:
Zimbabwe 147 & 233 (following on) lost to England 472 by an innings and 92 runs

James Anderson
Anderson: Five wickets on debut for the 20-year-old

James Anderson and Mark Butcher bowled England to a big victory sealed in late-night gloom on the third day at Lord's.

Rookie sensation Anderson's 5-73 saw Zimbabwe dismissed for 147 in their first innings and made to follow on.

The visitors made a better fist second time around, but they could not last beyond an extra half-an-hour's play at the end of the day when they were finally consigned to defeat.

Anthony McGrath took three wickets in his first spell in Test cricket while England's century-maker Mark Butcher returned 4-55 to add to the wicket he claimed in Zimbabwe's first innings.

But the star of the day was Anderson.

The Lancashire paceman, who had been pasted for 17 runs in his first over in England whites on Friday, took four quick wickets after lunch - including two in two balls.

Four of his victims were bowled by his delightful outswingers, including last man Doug Hondo to make Anderson the first England debutant to take five wickets since Dominic Cork against the West Indies in 1995.

But it was Matthew Hoggard that Zimbabwe, resuming play on 48-1, were first forced to contend with prior to lunch.

Using pace and swing, Hoggard removed experienced duo Stuart Carlisle and Grant Flower in the opening hour of play and debutant Sean Ervine just before the break.

And Butcher chipped in with the wicket of Dion Ebrahim for 68, a sixth Test half-century for the opening batsman.

Anderson accounted for Heath Streak and Travis Friend, both bowled off successive full-pitched balls, before Andy Blignaut was brilliantly caught by Butcher at second slip.

The coup de grace came when Hondo had his off-stump ripped out of the ground, allowing England skipper Hussain to enforce the follow-on.

Zimbabwe were just 11 runs into their second dig when Ebrahim offered a chance to Rob Key, who snaffled his second catch of the day at short-leg.

Mark Vermeulen then shared in 80 dogged runs with Stuart Carlisle before he fell, caught by Marcus Trescothick at slip driving expansively at Butcher for 61.

M Hoggard
Hoggard was the inspiration on Saturday morning

Carlisle followed leg before four runs later to the same bowler, but England were made to wait another hour for another breakthrough.

McGrath, bowling his third over of medium pace outswingers, removed Tatenda Taibu and Sean Ervine both edging to the slips.

McGrath struck again when Streak was trapped in front for 11, reducing the visitors to 150-6.

England sniffed a swift resolution when Andy Blignaut and Grant Flower fell in quick succession.

But Travis Friend and Ray Price showed real fight in the fading light, holding out long enough for Hussain to request 30 minutes' extra time to try to finish the match.

The pair put on 51 runs in near farcical circumstances with Ashley Giles and Butcher bowling in tandem.

The last two wickets finally fell in near darkness, with Butcher taking the last to cap a man-of-the-match performance.

England: N Hussain (capt), MP Vaughan, ME Trescothick, MA Butcher, WRT Key, A McGrath, AJ Stewart, AF Giles, MJ Hoggard, JM Anderson, SJ Harmison.

Zimbabwe: Mark Vermeulen, Dion Ebrahim, Stuart Carlisle, Grant Flower, Tatenda Taibu (wkt), Sean Ervine, Heath Streak (capt), Andy Blignaut, Travis Friend, Raymond Price, Douglas Hondo.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, West Indies, and Dave Orchard, South Africa.

Match referee: Clive Lloyd, West Indies.

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BBC Five Live's Pat Murphy
"This was a tremendous effort by England"

England's James Anderson
"It was a great team effort"

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