New Zealand on firm footing

2011-11-04 17:51

Bulawayo - Zimbabwe trailed New Zealand by 305 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps on the fourth day Friday of their one-off cricket test at Queens Sports Club.

After New Zealand declared at 252-8 in its second innings, seamer Doug Bracewell took two wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 61-2 at the close of play.

Bracewell first trapped opener Vusi Sibanda for 13 and Hamilton Masakadza was well caught at gully by Dean Brownlie in the last over of the day.

Earlier, Zimbabwe pace bowler Kyle Jarvis, playing only his third test, generated good pace and swing on a rather flat wicket to claim 5-64 before New Zealand's declaration.

Continuing from 28-2 overnight, Kane Williamson (68) and captain Ross Taylor (76) strung a solid 119 for the fourth wicket to put the Black Caps in control until both fell lbw to Jarvis.

Jarvis, who removed Martin Guptill, the opener and first-innings century-maker, for a duck in the last session of day three, also dismissed Jeetan Patel (9) and Brownlie (9) before lunch on Friday.

Jarvis was ably supported by experienced spinner Ray Price, who removed BJ Watling for 3 for his second wicket of the innings.