Tour match, Edgbaston: Zimbabwe 376 & 37-0 beat British Universities 146 & 263 by 10 wickets
Hondo takes evasive action as Cowan hits out
Zimbabwe made a winning start to their tour of England with a day to spare at Edgbaston after a 10-wicket victory over British Universities.
That the tourists did not win by an innings was solely down to Ed Cowan's unbeaten 137 for the students.
But openers Mark Vermulen and Dion Ebrahim gained the 37 runs needed in 3.4 overs, Vermulen smashing an unbeaten 28 off just 12 balls.
Former Australia U19 batsman Cowan, currently studying in Oxford, made merry against the touring attack, with 20 fours and three sixes in a 148-ball knock
But, fortunately for Heath Streak's men, his British team-mates were less up to the challenge
After a 54-run opening stand between Jimmy Adams and Delroy Taylor, no other batsman passed 14.
Opening bowler Andy Blignaut took 4-89 and skipper Streak 3-33.
Flower hit 130 in his first innings back in England
Earlier Streak hit a half-century as Zimbabwe, 302-7 overnight, took a 230-run first-innings lead.
Grant Flower reached 130 before edging Justin Bishop behind to end a 138-run partnership.
And Blignaut was in typically aggressive mood in striking 34 from 33 balls, with six fours and a six.
Essex paceman Bishop finished with 3-70, matching slow left-armer Rob Ferley's haul.
British Universities: J H K Adams (capt), I Dawood (wkt), D R Taylor, J D Francis, R A White, E J M Cowan, R S Ferley, J E Bishop, T J Murtagh, J A Tomlinson, T Mees
Zimbabwe: H H Streak (capt), M A Vermeulen, T Taibu (wkt), D D Ebrahim, S V Carlisle, G W Flower, B G Rogers, D A Marillier, S M Ervine, A M Blignaut, D T Hondo