The Rose Bowl, NatWest Series

South Africa v Zimbabwe

At Southampton, July 10. South Africa won by seven wickets. South Africa 6 pts. Toss: Zimbabwe.

The first international match staged in the majestic surroundings of the Rose Bowl was watched by a pleasingly large crowd. Unfortunately, many of them were still stuck in the traffic jam that clogged the one access road to the ground as Zimbabwe's top order caved in once more, this time to Ntini, who struck four times in his first six overs. The Zimbabwean coach Geoff Marsh had criticised English pitches the previous day - whether he was justified or not, his batsmen were again unable to cope with one, and provided a succession of catches behind the wicket as the ball shifted around. But from 74 for six, Streak engineered a minor recovery and reached a bloody-minded half-century off the last ball of the innings. Hondo removed Gibbs and van Jaarsveld in his first two overs to suggest Zimbabwe might make a game of it, but a third-wicket stand of 137 between Smith and Rudolph, both making 69, eased South Africa home with more than 14 overs left.

Man of the Match: M. Ntini. Attendance: 6,821; receipts £132,223.

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