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Rain wins in England-Zimbabwe washout

Rain washed out the triangular series one-day international between England and Zimbabwe at Headingley on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2003 22:21 IST

Rain washed out the triangular series one-day international between England and Zimbabwe at Headingley here on Tuesday.

England were 81 for four in 16.3 overs when umpires Simon Taufel of Australia and David Shepherd of England took the teams off the field.

As rain had already reduced the match to 25 overs per side, the minimum required for a positive outcome to be achieved under tournament rules, the stoppage meant the end of the match.

Both teams received three points for a no-result. That put them on nine points each, three ahead of South Africa, with Zimbabwe topping the table following their four wicket win over England in the series opener at Trent Bridge.

England captain Michael Vaughan, recalled to the team after a back injury kept him out of England's six wicket win against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday, was 35 not out - his best one-day international score this season.

Vaughan faced 44 balls including three fours.

His Yorkshire team-mate and county captain Anthony McGrath was 15 not out off 22 balls.

England got off to a bad start, losing three wickets for two runs in eight legitimate deliveries following Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak's decision to field first.

Vikram Solanki, fresh from his 106 on Saturday, was first out for eight, edging Streak to Grant Flower at second slip, having earlier hit Douglas Hondo for four over long-off.

Fellow opener Marcus Trescothick, who made an unbeaten 114 on Saturday, also went cheaply, for three, to the same combination only this time Flower took a brilliant catch, diving low to his right to get rid of the left-hander.

Wicket-keeper Chris Read, who opens in one-day cricket for Nottinghamshire, was promoted up the order.

But on one he pushed Hondo to mid-on only to be run out by Gary Brent's direct hit on the stumps at the non-striker's end.
England were now 13 for three in the fourth over.

Fast bowler Streak, after an excellent spell of 2-13 off 4 overs in overcast conditions, was replaced by Andy Blignaut.

And the medium-pacer had a wicket second ball when Andrew Flintoff (6) holed out to Travis Friend at deep square leg, England 32 for four in the ninth over.

It was a fine effort by medium-pacer Brent, replacing left-arm spinner Raymond Price in Zimbabwe's only change to the team that lost to South Africa by 46 runs in their last triangular match, at Canterbury on Sunday.

But rain always looked the likely winner and so it proved. It was especially tough on Worcestershire pace bowler Kabir Ali, called up for his one-day international debut in place of left-arm spinner Ashley Giles as England chose an all-seam attack.

In the next triangular match England face South Africa, in a day/night fixture, at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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First Published: Jul 01, 2003 15:06 IST