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NatWest News Archive

July 24,2000
The host team did not disappoint the fans when the chips were down in the NatWest Trophy finals, and easily defeated Zimbabwe to win the tournament. The star of the tournament has been Alec Stewart, who has returned an amazing 110% to $2106.

In the finals he gained $152 for scoring 97 runs and taking a catch. Heath Streak had a good day with ball today taking three wickets and scoring 18 runs to move up by $103. Guy Wittal was on the down side for the second consecutive match, $20 dollars were shaved off his value for his dismal performance. The other two players in negative territory were Nkala and Mark Ealham, both went down by $10. (scorecard)

July 20, 2000
Alec Stewart scored a century again, but his effort went in vain as West Indies beat England by 3 runs in a thriller to salvage some lost pride in their last match of the NatWest trophy. Stewart added $200 to his value making him the highest gainer thus far with an impressive return of 95%. Craig White contributed to the English bowling side by taking three wickets and a catch to move by $126.

Graeme Hick was the only player on the negative side today, going down by $10 for scoring a duck. (scorecard)

July 18, 2000
Stewart continued his amazing run in this tournament by scoring a century and taking four catches behind the stumps to move up by whopping 26.83% ($371) and helped England steer to a comfortable win over Zimbabwe in a prelude of the finals. With today's performance Stewart ($1754) dethrones Brain Lara($1579) from the number one spot in the NatWest dreamcricket ranking and becomes the highest single day point mover ever.

Other big movers of note were Neil Johnson gaining $137 (10.81%), Heath Streak moved up by 15.18% ($130) for their all round effort and Alistair Campbell moved up 8.05% ($85) for his efforts with the bat.

On the downside, Paul Strang losing $3 while Stuart Carlisle and Allan Mullally saw their value decrease by $10. Returning from his injury, captain Hussain gained 6% ($54) to open his account in the tournament. (scorecard)

July 16, 2000
In an exciting match Zimbabwe edged out West Indies in the NatWest Trophy. Highest gainers of the day were Murray Goodwin, SL Campbell and Brian Lara, they moved up by $212, $205 and $112 respectively for their superb batting performance. This match saw the most number of players in the negative territory in this tournament, eight players moved down by $10. (Scorecard)

July 15, 2000
England confirmed their spot in the final against Zimbabwe after easily defeating West Indies today. West Indies continued their dismal performance and never had any chance in this match. Brain Lara rekindled their hope for a while, but that hope was short lived with his wicket at 54. Lara gained $79 for his effort. For the second match in a row the day belonged to Alec Stewart. Today it was his batting performance that earned him $129. Allan Mullay had a good day with the ball taking three wickets, moving up by $85. On the downside were, J.C Adams and R.D King. (Scorecard)

July 13, 2000
England easily beat Zimbabwe to avenge the earlier defeat. This was Zimbabwe's first loss of the tournament. England's man behind the stumps Alec Stewart wore golden gloves today dismissing six batsman to become the highest gainer for the day in this tournament.

Stewart's value surged 23.91% ($242) to bring his value up to $1254. "kudos" to Stewart for becoming the first man to cross the $200 mark for this tournament and also being the highest ever dollar gainer for a single match in dreamcricket history.

Andrew Flintoff returned with a move of 3.52% ($40) was well received. There were no other exceptional movers of note.

On the downside were Grant Flower, Paul Strang and Dirk Viljoen, all of them saw their value drop by $10. (Scorecard)

July 11, 2000
Zimbabwe beats West Indies to book a place in the finals of the Natwest tournament. All round performance of Neil Johnson saw his value shoot up by 10.18% ($116) for scoring 51 run and later capping two wickets. The other two players who contributed most to the team victory were highest gainer Guy Whittall, scoring 83 runs to increase by 13.95% ($108) and Alistair Campbell who remained not out with 77 runs to move up by 11.43% ($102).

On the negative side were two West Indians Dillon and Collymore, they went down by -0.39% (-$4) and -1.25% (-$10) respectively.(Scorecard)

July 9, 2000
Rain saves England from their match against West Indies as the match was abandoned after England strugled to 158 for 8 in 43.5 overs.

Captains please note that, no fantasy points will be awarded for this match.(Scorecard)

July 8, 2000
Sensible Zimbabwe beats England by 5 wickets with 10 balls to spare to stake their claim for a first major international trophy. (Scorecard)

July 6, 2000
Led by Neil Johnson's 95, Zimbabwe had an impressive 6 wicket victory over the West Indies in the NatWest opener. Chasing 233, Zimbabwe overcome the total with 5 overs to spare. (Scorecard)





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