Gloucestershire Suffer Record Defeat

Published June 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Zimbabwe pace bowler Pommie Mbangwa claimed 5 for 23 as Gloucestershire suffered the heaviest defeat in their history on the final day of this first-class tour match in Gloucester, England on Monday. 

Set a massive 660 for victory, Gloucestershire went from 98 for 4 overnight to 135 for 9 on the final morning, with injured captain Tim Hancock unable to bat. 

Mbangwa took four of the last five wickets to fall as a depleted Gloucestershire side managed to bat for just 19.5 overs on Monday. 

Mbangwa, who had already dismissed Michael Cawdron LBW for 19, went on to have Jon Lewis and Tom Cotterell also caught at the wicket. 

Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin scooped the man of the match award for his career-best 194 in a first-innings total of 568. 

The tourists now go on to play a three-day match against British Universities at Cambridge before they undertake a succession of one-day matches ahead of the triangular series with England and West Indies. 

Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower confirmed afterwards that paceman Henry Olonga will rejoin the tourists at the end of the week having now recovered from an ankle injury. 

Former England wicketkeeper Russell, one of only four Gloucestershire first-team regulars in the side, admitted it had been a disappointing display by the hosts. 

He said: "It was a great opportunity for a lot of guys to push for a first-team place but that has not happened" - (AFP)

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