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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 September, 2004, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
England polish off Zimbabwe
ICC Champions Trophy, Edgbaston: England 299-7 beat Zimbabwe 147 by 152 runs

Steve Harmison

England got their ICC Champions Trophy campaign up and running with a predictably facile win over Zimbabwe.

Paul Collingwood and Vikram Solanki each hit half centuries while Steve Harmison took 3-29 and Andrew Flintoff collected 3-11 in six overs.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 147 in the 39th over of their innings after England had hit 299-7 when they batted.

The game was played over two days because of rain in Edgbaston but some of England's cricket was lacklustre.

Overnight, England, having lost the toss, were 198-5 after 38 overs having played some loose shots early on.

Solanki held the first half of the innings together after Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan were both caught at slip.

He put on 60 with Andrew Strauss for the third wicket before the Middlesex man was well held by wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu off Edward Rainsford.

In came world one-day player of the year Flintoff but he played an extravagant shot too early in his innings, skying a drive which was brilliantly caught by Douglas Hondo at mid-off.

Finally Solanki was trapped lbw by Vusi Sibanda in the gloom on Friday night to leave the score 159-5 and it meant Collingwood had a job to do on Saturday morning.

Geraint Jones, in a typically skittish innings, helped him add 61 for the sixth wicket before the really valuable partnership with Ashley Giles followed.

The two put on 75 off 55 balls, Collingwood hitting three fours and three leg-side sixes as the last three overs cost 45.

A target of 300 was always going to be a very tall order for Zimbabwe and their innings began poorly.

Harmison and Darren Gough were made to look unplayable as the first four wickets fell with just 26 runs on the board.

D Gough
Gough removed both of Zimbabwe's openers cheaply

Sibanda and Taibu added a more respectable 38 for the fifth wicket before the former was bowled through the gate by Flintoff.

After another little partnership of 42 for the next wicket, Taibu (40) hit his own wicket as he tried to pull Ashley Giles, and the rest of the batting did not pose too much of a problem.

Elton Chigumbura finished unbeaten on 42, having played some fine drives off Giles and Harmison, and England dropped two catches to slow their march to victory.

One England bowler who had no reason to remember the match was Alex Wharf, whose seven overs were hit for 45. He frequently bowled far too short and was picked off for fours and sixes on the leg-side.


England: MP Vaughan (capt), ME Trescothick, VS Solanki, AJ Strauss, A Flintoff, PD Collingwood, GO Jones (wkt), AF Giles, AJ Wharf, D Gough, SJ Harmison.

Zimbabwe: T Taibu (capt, wkt), B Taylor, S Matsikenyeri, V Sibanda, M Vermeulen, D Ebrahim, E Chigumbura, T Panyangara, P Utseya, D Hondo, E Rainsford.

Umpires: SJ Taufel (Aus) & SA Bucknor (WI)




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