England Mop Up
|England completed a 4 nil clean sweep |
yesterday against Zimbabwe winning the 3rd
and 4th ODI that were being played in
On Saturday, Zimbabwe won the toss and
elected to bat and on a very good batting
wicket scored 238. The bowling once again
was mixed with England bowling a total of 9
wides in their 50 overs. Simon Jones with
2-43 was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply England knocked the runs off in 43 overs with Vikram Solanki scoring exactly 100, ably supported by Ian Bell and Michael Vaughan who both scored half centuries.
Then on Sunday, England won the toss on what looked like another belter of a wicket. However the Zimbabwe bowlers made use of the new ball and any dampness in the wicket to reduce England to
Then a 6th wicket record breaking partnership of 150 between the captain Vaughan and the wicket keeper Geraint Jones enabled England to post a commanding 261.Vaughanís innings was a classic example of one day batting. Out of his first 47 runs, 41 were singles and the other 6 were three 2ís. Then with 5 overs to go he cut loose and added another 43 to his score and he remained not out at the end of the innings.
Geraint Jones scored a more flamboyant 80 which included seven 4ís and two 6ís, this being his second major contribution with the bat in this series. Zimbabwe mustered 187 in reply with 4 wickets to the outstanding Darren Gough and 3 to Ian Bell.
England now move onto South Africa for the major part of the winter tour to join up with half the squad that are already preparing for the Test Series in JOhannesburg. Best of luck to our boys!!