Saturday 28 January 2012 

Watling And Martin Lead New Zealand To Thumping Win

Watling And Martin Lead New Zealand To Thumping Win
Watling And Martin Lead New Zealand To Thumping Win
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New Zealand 495-7 declared (Taylor 122, Watling 102no) beat
Zimbabwe 51 & 143 (Martin 6-26) by an innings & 301 runs
Only Test, Napier
| | Day Two

New Zealand stormed to an innings-and-301-run win over Zimbabwe in well under three days of their only Test match in Napier.

After BJ Watling completed an unbeaten 102, New Zealand declared on 495 for seven and then shot Zimbabwe out for 51 and 143.

Chris Martin returned career-best figures of six for 26 in their second innings to move into equal third place on New Zealand's list of all-time Test wicket-takers alongside Chris Cairns.

Martin, Trent Boult, Doug  Bracewell and Tim Southee all took wickets in Zimbabwe's first innings, which lasted just 28.5 overs.

They improved when asked to follow on as Regis Chakabva made 63 after they were reduced to 12 for five - having lost 15 wickets for 61 runs overall.

Bracewell finished with three for 26.

Earlier, Watling had reached 102 not out in 149 balls, hitting 22 fours on the way to his maiden Test century and he was well supported by Southee, who made 44.

Their efforts put New Zealand into an impregnable position and their bowlers then did the rest - in emphatic fashion.

The two sides now start preparing for a series of three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

© Cricket World 2012