Monday 1 September 2014 

Zimbabwe Beat Australia - Reaction From 1983 & 2014

31 years ago, Zimbabwe beat Australia in the 1983 World Cup, making the front page of The Club Cricketer, the newspaper that eventually evolved into www.cricketworld.com - which obviously gave Zimbabwe's latest triumph top billing this weekend.

Zimbabwe Clubs Australia said the headline on 18th June 1983, after Duncan Fletcher - now the head coach of India - led his side to a 13-run win over Australia at Trent Bridge.

This was the first meeting between the two sides and until the heroics in Harare, Zimbabwe's one and only win in an ODI betwen the two sides.

How 'The Club Cricketer' announced Zimbabwe's win - see below for the entire front page
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Fast forward 31 years and this time Elton Chigumbura was the captain, leading his side home with a composed half-century.

None of the Zimbabwean players in action this time were born when the 1983 match took place.

Zimbabwe Hold Their Nerve, Beat Australia was our headline this time around but of course these days, reaction is much more instant.

Almost immediately, congratulations came in via Twitter for Chigumbura and his side. Here are just a few, from all around the world:

The full front page of that issue of The Club Cricketer
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