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The New Zealand XI had much the better of the final day of a tour match against Zimbabwe at Gisborne [yesterday].
The three-day fixture petered out to a draw as the home side reached a run-a-minute 274 for five in their second innings at Harry Barker Reserve.
The match did not carry first-class status, leaving the New Zealand XI free to take the opportunity to give as many players as possible time in the middle as some of their batsmen rounded off preparations for the Test against the tourists starting in Napier on Thursday.
To this end four batsmen had their innings shortened by retirement, among them topscorer Kruger van Wyk, who made 61 punctuated by eight boundaries in two hours in the opening role.
Van Wyk has been included in the Test squad as he and BJ Watling battle it out to assume the wicketkeeping duties, and Watling proved his prowess with the bat with 84 in the composite team’s first innings of 272 for seven declared.
BJ Watling again chipped in with 20 today after proving his prowess with the bat with 84 in the team’s first innings of 272 for seven declared. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson also got some valuable time in the middle, both hitting crisp half-centuries.
Williamson, at first drop, was retired after hitting 52 off 57 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while captain Taylor helped make amends for his first innings failure to strike eight fours in a 63-ball 54 before he, too, retired.
As well, Daniel Vettori scored 41 not out to back up his first innings 49 and young opener Michael Bracewell made 26 before being bowled by Graeme Cremer and becoming the only batsman to actually be dismissed .
Zimbabwe resumed this morning at 328 for nine in their first innings and added only one run before tailender Ray Price was dismissed by Otago all-rounder Sam Wells for 19, leaving Regis Chakabva stranded on 87 not out.
MG Bracewell lbw b KM Jarvis 0
CFK van Wyk c T Taibu b BV Vitori 5
KS Williamson c T Taibu b SW Masakadza 26
LRPL Taylor b KO Meth 7
DL Vettori c MN Waller b E Chigumbura 49
BJ Watling run out (KM Jarvis/RW Chakabva) 84
SR Wells c RW Chakabva b SW Masakadza 65
TS Nethula not out 17
Extras (lb 5, wd 2, nb 12) 19
Total (for 7 wickets declared, 73.5 overs) 272
Fall: 1-6 (MG Bracewell, 2.3), 2-6 (CFK van Wyk, 5.1), 3-32 (LRPL Taylor, 11.3), 4-59 (KS Williamson, 20.2), 5-114 (DL Vettori, 32.2), 6-239 (SR Wells, 64.4), 7-272 (BJ Watling, 73.5)
Bowing: KM Jarvis 8-4-27-1, BV Vitori 13-1-60-1 (8nb), SW Masakadza 11-1-36-2 (1w, 1nb), KO Meth 12-3-31-1, E Chigumbura 7-0-42-1 (1w, 2nb), AG Cremer 11-2-38-0, MN Waller 2-0-6-0, RW Price 9.5-2-27-0
ZIMBABWE First Innings
NEW ZEALAND XI First Innings
TMK Mawoyo c LRPL Taylor b CS Martin 26
H Masakadza c N Wagner b AJ McKay 24
F Mutizwa c BJ Watling b CS Martin 0
T Taibu c KS Williamson b N Wagner 66
MN Waller c BJ Watling b N Wagner 58
RW Chakabva not out 87
E Chigumbura c CFK van Wyk b N Wagner 0
AG Cremer c LRPL Taylor b DL Vettori 13
KO Meth c LRPL Taylor b TS Nethula 3
SW Masakadza c CS Martin b AJ McKay 25
RW Price c LRPL Taylor b SR Wells 19
Extras (b 1, lb 2, wd 1, nb 4) 8
Total (for 10 wickets, 107.0 overs) 329
Fall: 1-45 (TMK Mawoyo, 20.5), 2-45 (F Mutizwa, 22.2), 3-55 (H Masakadza, 27.5), 4-174 (T Taibu, 56.6), 5-181 (MN Waller, 60.6), 6-181 (E Chigumbura, 62.1), 7-203 (AG Cremer, 70.4), 8-210 (KO Meth, 73.6), 9-256 (SW Masakadza, 90.1), 10-329 (RW Price, 106.6)
Bowing: AJ McKay 16-4-61-2, CS Martin 18-5-39-2, BJ Arnel 18-9-25-0, N Wagner 19-2-86-3 (1w, TS Nethula 18-0-63-1 (4nb), SR Wells 11-5-26-1, DL Vettori 6-3-15-1, KS Williamson 1-0-11-0
NEW ZEALAND XI Second Innings
MG Bracewell b AG Cremer 26
CFK van Wyk retired - out 61
KS Williamson retired - out 52
LRPL Taylor retired - out 54
DL Vettori not out 41
BJ Watling retired - out 20
SR Wells not out 5
Extras (lb 1, wd 2, nb 12) 15
Total (for 5 wickets, 62.0 overs) 274
Fall: 1-79 (MG Bracewell, 20.3), 2-101 (CFK van Wyk, 23.5), 3-196 (KS Williamson, 39.6), 4-205 (LRPL Taylor, 41.6), 5-247 (BJ Watling, 54.6)
Bowing: BV Vitori 9-1-30-0 (5nb), KM Jarvis 10-0-42-0 (1nb), E Chigumbura 5-0-21-0 (1nb), KO Meth 9-1-47-0, AG Cremer 12-0-56-1, SW Masakadza 8-1-41-0 (2w, 5nb), H Masakadza 5-1-13-0, MN Waller 4-0-23-0