Cricket: England make short work of Zimbabwe

England 197; Zimbabwe 79 England win by 118 runs
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THE ENGLAND captain, Adam Hollioake, was delighted with his side's all-round performance yesterday as he led from the front in the 118-run success over Zimbabwe in a warm-up match as a prelude to the Wills International Cup in Bangladesh.

Hollioake top-scored with 46 of England's 197 all out and then he and Peter Martin had identical figures of 3 for 7 as Zimbabwe were routed for 79 in 33.3 of their 45 overs. Hollioake showed he had got over the disappointment of missing out on the County Championship with Surrey.

It was just the tonic needed by England, who played in shorts, before Sunday's tournament opener with South Africa in the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

"It went well considering that we had not played for more than a month since the end of the domestic season in England and we used the game to the best of our abilities," Hollioake said. "It wasn't the actual victory but the way we achieved it which pleased me the most. The way we went about things was very satisfying in that we showed our superiority in all areas of the game."

England will play a FOREIGN warm-up game against Bangladesh tomorrow before the real action starts.

There was no formal toss and both sides used more than the normal 11 players with Chris Silverwood, Ashley Giles and Peter Martin not having a bat but then being given an opportunity to bowl.

England did not make the best of starts in conditions where the ball moved around all day and they were in some trouble at 58 for 4.

The Zimbabwean paceman Heath Streak picked up two early wickets, including the newly appointed vice-captain Graeme Hick for a duck. But then Hollioake and Graham Lloyd figured in the best stand of the match as they added 53 in 10 overs.

The contest was effectively ended by Martin whose spell of 6-2-7-3 - including two wickets in two balls - had Zimbabwe struggling at 17 for 4.

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL Dhaka, Bangladesh): England 197 (43.5 overs; A Hollioake 46, G Lloyd 39). Zimbabwe 79 (33.5 overs; P Martin 3-7, A Hollioake 3-7). England won by 118 runs.