OTHERS

Zimbabwe enters final

CANTERBURY, JULY 12. Zimbabwe overwhelmed West Indies on Tuesday and is through to the final of the international one-day triangular tournament at Lord's on July 22, after winning its first three matches. Zimbabwe has rightly earned a place against England, which cannot even field a professionally fit side of committed athletes, or West Indies, which has headed downhill rapidly since it won the first Test in three days.

The underdog savaged Jimmy Adams' men, a pathetic bunch in the colours once worn with pride and distinction by great men. Zimbabwe won by 70 runs after being asked to bat in overcast conditions and making 256 for four. West Indies lost its top six for 57 and concentrated on survival. It cannot even make an excuse of the cold since Harare is just as hot as Port of Spain, Kingston or St. John's.

Johnson had the wickets of Gayle and Campbell in his first two overs and after Brian Lara was bowled for three the rest of the West Indies innings fell to pieces. I have never seen West Indies perform with less style, less determination and less wish to do anything except get the match finished.

As West Indies held on a section of the bored crowd barracked Grant Flower, the part-time spinner, and accused him of chucking although his action is far less potent than Brett Lee's.