Trent Bridge, NatWest Series

England v Zimbabwe

At Nottingham, June 26. Zimbabwe won by four wickets.
Zimbabwe 5 pts, England 1 pt. Toss: Zimbabwe.
One-day international debuts: R. L. Johnson, R. W. T. Key.

Zimbabwe were indebted to Grant Flower for ending a run of nine one-day defeats by England stretching back nearly three years. Flower made a composed unbeaten 96 to rescue Zimbabwe from the depths of 15 for four as they chased what seemed to be a modest 192 for victory. He was well supported by the 20-year-old Matsikenyeri, who rode his luck to make a career-best 44 in a crucial stand of 96, before Ervine settled nerves with a brisk, undefeated 26. Earlier, England struggled against Zimbabwe's slow bowlers, who took two for 64 from 24 overs between them, with Price outstanding. Gough and the debutant Richard Johnson then made up for the absence of Anderson, who was being rested, by taking four wickets in the first ten overs, only for Zimbabwe to belie their status as the tournament whipping-boys and complete a well-earned win with two overs to spare.

Man of the Match: G. W. Flower. Attendance: 11,455; receipts £297,436.

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