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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 June, 2003, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
England seal series double
Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain masterminded two three-day wins for England
Second Test, Chester-le-Street: England 416 beat Zimbabwe 94 & 253 (following-on) by an innings & 69 runs

England's three specialist seamers ended up with six wickets apiece in the match to fire the home side to an even quicker victory than they managed at Lord's.

Zimbabwe showed some competence with the bat compared to their dismal effort on Friday, but they still slumped to another innings defeat inside three days.

England took the series 2-0 with James Anderson taking 11 wickets over the course of the two matches.

The 20-year-old Lancashire paceman finished with figures of 4-55 in the second innings and Steve Harmison had an identical analysis.

Their efforts followed Richard Johnson's sensational six wickets on debut on Friday.

For Zimbabwe, Travis Friend hit a fluent unbeaten 65 down the order while the opener Dion Ebrahim battled his way to 55.

Steve Harmison
Everybody was wanting me to get the last wicket
Steve Harmison

But wickets fell regularly enough for the home side, despite Ashley Giles dropping two catches in the gully off Anderson.

Ebrahim was dismissed lbw by local boy Harmison 20 minutes before lunch.

By then Stuart Carlisle (28) had been well held at square leg after jabbing an Anderson inswinger into his pads where it ballooned towards Robert Key.

Two wickets fell early in the second session. First, Grant Flower (16) chopped a ball from Anderson into his stumps before Tatenda Taibu (14) prodded a ball from Giles to silly mid-off.

The young all-rounders Sean Ervine and Travis Friend finally provided some entertainment on a sunny afternoon by adding 54 in 13 overs.

That was before Ervine (34) played on to Harmison.

The unluckiest Zimbabwean was captain Heath Streak, run out at the non-striker's end for just three after Harmison dropped a chance off Friend only to divert the ball onto the stumps.

The coup de grace came in the final session.

First, Nasser Hussain took a blinder of a catch diving across from mid-on as Andy Blignaut was dismissed by Anderson.

Then a 21-run stand for the ninth-wicket came to an end when Ray Price was rapped on the gloves by a short ball from Harmison, giving a catch to Alec Stewart.

Harmison polished things off by bowling Doug Hondo with a pinpoint yorker not long afterwards.

England: Nasser Hussain (capt), Marcus Trescothick, Michael Vaughan, Mark Butcher, Robert Key, Alec Stewart (wkt), Anthony McGrath, Ashley Giles, James Anderson, Steve Harmison, Richard Johnson

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

Links to more Eng v Zim 2003 stories


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