y a single point after staging a remarkable comeback to beat Nottinghamshire, the reigning champions, by five wickets at Trent Bridge. Having led by 197 runs on first innings, Notts were then bowled out for 114 with Glen Chapple taking 6-35 and Lancashire went on to reach 314-5 thanks to centuries by Iain Sutcliffe and Mal Loye.
Sussex, the previous leaders, crashed to a 13-run defeat away to a Warwickshire side captained by Heath Streak. The Zimbabwean’s left-arm new-ball partner, South African Neil Carter, took the final wicket to finish with match figures of 8-109 as Sussex were dismissed for 256 second time around.
Kepler Wessels, the former South Africa and Australia batsman, has resigned as Northants’ director of cricket. The county cited “frustrations with recent results.”
South Africa suffered as Sri Lanka piled up 756-5 declared in the first Test in Colombo. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene (374) and Kumar Sangakkara (287) shared a world record Test stand of 624.
Cricketers fail to sustain form
HARARE – Zimbabwe were a pale shadow of the side that beat Bangladesh on Saturday as they easily allowed the tourists to level their one-day international series 1-1 with a 63-run win at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Home captain Prosper Utseya, as in Zimbabwe’s thrilling two-wicket win on Saturday, won the toss and elected to field.
Bangladesh had looked in trouble as early as the eighth over when Shahriah Nafees went down to 27-2 after he lobbed Edward Rainsford to mid-off where Chamu Chibhabha made amends with a catch after dropping the same batsman the previous ball.
Zimbabwe were left to rue three more drops, including another one by Chibhabha, as Bangladesh recovered from the shaky start to scrap to a total of 238-8.
The hosts, however, looked hapless in their chase as they gave away wickets willy-nilly as opener Chibhabha nicked Shahadat Hossain’s straight delivery to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud with only six runs on the scoreboard.
To exacerbate Zimbabwe’s woes with the bat, poor running between the wickets then proved costly as they lost Piet Rinke and Hamilton Masakadza to consecutive run-outs.
Stuart Matsikenyeri, who top-scored for Zimbabwe on Saturday with 88, attempted to rescue the innings for the hosts before he became Abdur Razzak’s second wicket on 46.
Bangladesh’s spinners proved the match-winners as they restricted the flow of runs while the tourists were impressive in fielding.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Speed, the ICC’s chief executive, is in Zimbabwe to pave the way for a more formal visit by Percy Sonn, the new ICC president. It is understood he will hold discussions with several stakeholders in an attempt to get an overview of the current cricketing scene in the country. Last time Speed visited Zimbabwe, in May 2004 when the association was embroiled in a player strike, ZC officials refused to meet him. – ZimOnline, Sports reporter