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Hampshire hamper Zimbabwe build-up to one-day series

Zimbabwe's preparations for the upcoming one-day series with England and South Africa suffered another setback as they slumped to a 16-run defeat by Hampshire on Thursday.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2003 14:39 IST

Zimbabwe's preparations for the upcoming one-day series with England and South Africa suffered another setback as they slumped to a 16-run defeat by Hampshire here on Thursday.

Chasing Hampshire's total of 262-5, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 246 in their 50th and final over.

Opener Doug Marillier top-scored for the tourists with 54 and Andy Blignaut smashed 44 from 30 balls to carry them to within sight of the target before he was caught behind by Iain Brunnschweiler off the bowling of Ed Giddins.

A magnificent unbeaten 120 from opener Derek Kenway was the foundation for Hampshire's total, with Dimitri Mascarenhas, who hit a quick-fire 50 not out, helping to boost the score with some lusty hitting late on.

It had all looked very different early in the day as the tourists reduced their opponents to 86-3.

Doug Hondo made an early breakthrough when James Hamblin nicked an edge to wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu on four.

Kenway and Will Kendall added 71 for the second wicket before Kendall was stumped by Tatenda Taibu off a Ray Price delivery on 20. Lawrence Prittipaul was then trapped lbw by Sean Ervine without scoring to leave the home side in trouble.

Skipper Robin Smith added 28 runs before becoming a rare Grant Flower victim and Doug Marillier went for 16 off the bowling of Nick Pothas before Kenway and Mascarenhas took charge.

It has been a miserable tour for Zimbabwe, who followed up heavy defeats in both Test matches against England by losing a one-day match to Ireland.

And there was bad news for them off the field with batsman Stuart Carlisle forced to sit out Thursday's match after dislocating his thumb while fielding in the win over Somerset on Tuesday.

Carlisle, who had scored his third century of the tour earlier in that match, consulted a specialist Thursday to get an assessment of how serious the injury is.

Zimbabwe's final warm-up for the triangular international series is against Essex at Chelmsford on Sunday.

First Published: Jun 24, 2003 14:39 IST