28 Jan 2012

New Zealand thump Zimbabwe in Napier

6:25 pm on 28 January 2012

The New Zealand cricketers have beaten Zimbabwe by an innings and 301 runs in the one-off test in Napier after bowling the tourists out twice on the third day.

New Zealand declared their first innings closed on 495 for 7 with BJ Watling scoring his maiden test century.

They then bowled Zimbabwe out for just 51 in their first innings, the tourists lowest ever Test total and the lowest ever Test total by any side against New Zealand.

Following-on Zimbabwe were then bowled out for 143.

Chris Martin took 2 for 5 in the first innings and 6 for 26 in the second.

It is New Zealand's biggest ever winning margin in a test match.

The first one day international is next Friday in Dunedin.