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Goodwin helps down Zimbabwe

By Mic Cullen 05/01/2004 05:47:47 AM Comments (0)

Former Zimbabwean international Murray Goodwin has helped sink his homeland, scoring a lively 77 as Western Australia comfortably defeated the visitors in a one day tour match.

WA confirmed its status as the dominant state in 50-over a side cricket with a 70-run win over Zimbabwe at the WACA Ground with Goodwin playing a key role for the ING Cup ladder leaders.

The Warriors scored an impressive 9-286 with Goodwin top scoring from just 85 balls.

Mark Vermeulen then gave the tourists early hope as he bludgeoned 55 off a mere 35 deliveries but when he was dismissed with the score at 4-101 - following Grant Flower who also fell on that score - the Africans were always going to struggle.

The visitors' cause was then struck a further blow when middle-order batsman Craig Wishart was forced to retire hurt on 13 after being struck a sharp blow on the left knee by medium-pacer Darren Wates.

Opener Scott Meuleman (67 off 82) and allrounder Brad Hogg (48 off 54) contributed well to the WA total, while captain Mike Hussey added 21 in the middle order.

Sean Ervine reprised his New Year's performance by taking a wicket with his first delivery, before finishing with 5-56 off his full 10 overs, including bowling at the death when he snared three wickets in his last 13 deliveries.

Ervine then scored 31 and acting captain Tatenda Taibu clobbered 33 as the tourists battled gamely to match the hosts.

WA surprised by leaving batsman Shaun Marsh out of the side, despite the youngster making 57 off 58 balls for Australia A against the tourists at the same ground on New Year's Day, while Zimbabwe rested captain Heath Streak.

The Warriors started brightly, and despite losing the big-hitting Ryan Campbell for just 17, kept the pressure on the Zimbabwean bowlers throughout their innings.

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