BLACKCAPS get valuable practice in drawn warm-up match

The BLACKCAPS were the better team with bat and ball in the drawn two-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe A in Bulawayo.

After declaring on their overnight score of 344 for eight the BLACKCAPS bowled out Zimbabwe A for 241 in 70.5 overs.

Chris Martin led the attack taking three for 31 while Daniel Vettori picked up three for 35.  As well as being the top wicket takers the two senior bowlers were also the most difficult to score off recording economy rates of 2.41 and 1.89 respectively.

Graeme Aldridge chipped in with two wickets while Doug Bracewell and Dean Brownlie got one apiece.

Middle order batsmen Regis Chakabva (40) and Malcolm Waller (66) were the best of the Zimbabweans.

BJ Watling and Vettori got some extra batting practice towards the end of the match with the pair opening the batting and putting on an unbeaten 49 run partnership in 12 overs.  Watling finished 16* and Vettori 32*.

Scorecard:

BLACKCAPS first innings
BB McCullum  c Chakabva b Chinouya  63
MJ Guptill  c Mutizwa b SW Masakadza 12
KS Williamson  not out  86
LRPL Taylor  retired 51
JD Ryder  c sub (B Chari) b Utseya  26
DG Brownlie  c Utseya b Meth  36
DL Vettori  c †Mutizwa b Utseya  19
RA Young†  c †Mutizwa b Utseya  4
DAJ Bracewell  c H Masakadza b Mushangwe  18
JS Patel  not out  19
Still to bat: BJ Watling, CS Martin
Extras: (1lb, 4w, 1nb, 3b) 9      
Total: (for 8 wks; 90 overs) 344 

Bowling: EC Rainsford 10-2-24-0 (1w, 1nb), SW Masakadza 12-3-70-1 (1w), KO Meth 11-3-42-1, MT Chinouya 11-1-53-1 (2w), P Utseya 24-4-75-3, N Mushangwe 22-6-76-2

Zimbabwe A first innings
H Masakadza  b Martin  8
TMK Mawoyo*  c Guptill b Aldridge  9
F Mutizwa†  c Watling b Vettori  12
RW Chakabva  c Aldridge b Martin  40
MN Waller  c Patel b Brownlie  66
E Chigumbura  c Guptill b Bracewell  0
P Utseya  c Brownlie b Aldridge  34
KO Meth  lbw b Vettori  26
SW Masakadza  not out  15
EC Rainsford  c Taylor b Vettori  5
N Mushangwe  lbw b Martin  8
Extras: (4lb, 7w, 7b) 18     
Total: (all out; 70.5 overs) 241 

Bowling: CS Martin 12.5-5-31-3, DAJ Bracewell 10-4-35-1, GW Aldridge 12-2-40-2 (1w), JD Ryder 0.3-0-5-0 (1w), DL Vettori 18.3-8-35-3, DG Brownlie 5-0-32-1 (1w), JS Patel 10-0-39-0, MJ Guptill 2-0-13-0

BLACKCAPS second innings
BJ Watling  not out  16
DL Vettori  not out  32
Still to bat: BB McCullum, MJ Guptill, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, JD Ryder, DG Brownlie, RA Young†, DAJ Bracewell, JS Patel, CS Martin

Bowling: EC Rainsford 3-0-14-0 (1w), SW Masakadza 3-2-5-0, MT Chinouya 3-1-14-0, E Chigumbura 1-1-0-0, KO Meth 2-0-16-0

Extras: (1w) 1
Total: (0 wickets; 12 overs) 49

* 14 players per side, 11 batting/11 bowling

DAY 1: BLACKCAPS 344-8 at stumps against Zimbabwe A

The BLACKCAPS have started strongly in the two-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe A in Bulawayo.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the BLACKCAPS compiled 344 for eight, highlighted by an excellent 86 not out by Kane Williamson and solid half centuries from Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.

McCullum got the BLACKCAPS off to swift start hitting 11 boundaries on his way to 63 off 66 balls while Taylor retired after reaching a composed 51.

Williamson continued his good form for the last ODI, where he scored an unbeaten century, to anchor the innings with a superb knock that included 13 fours and two sixes.

Scorecard:

BB McCullum  c Chakabva b Chinouya  63
MJ Guptill  c Mutizwa b SW Masakadza 12
KS Williamson  not out  86
LRPL Taylor  retired 51
JD Ryder  c sub (B Chari) b Utseya  26
DG Brownlie  c Utseya b Meth  36
DL Vettori  c †Mutizwa b Utseya  19
RA Young†  c †Mutizwa b Utseya  4
DAJ Bracewell  c H Masakadza b Mushangwe  18
JS Patel  not out  19
Still to bat: BJ Watling, CS Martin

Extras: (1lb, 4w, 1nb, 3b) 9      
Total: (for 8 wks; 90 overs) 344 

Bowling: EC Rainsford 10-2-24-0 (1w, 1nb), SW Masakadza 12-3-70-1 (1w), KO Meth 11-3-42-1, MT Chinouya 11-1-53-1 (2w), P Utseya 24-4-75-3, N Mushangwe 22-6-76-2

* 14 players per side, 11 batting/11 bowling

 

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