NZ Tour Opener Drawn

As usual, the 13-a-side tour match between Zimbabweand and New Zealand XI turned into a bit of practice, mostly for the hosts, before petering out to a draw. NZ XI got off to a shaky start in their first innings, losing two early wickets for 6 runs before the middle order settled and pushed on to 272/7 before declaring; while Zimbabwean's reply, which saw them reach 329 before being bowled out, will have done Regis Chakabva's chances of selection for the Test match no harm - he top-scored with an unbeaten 89. NZ XI seemed to get the measure of the Zimbabwean bowlers in the second innings, though, with only one wicket falling (Bracewell, bowled by Cremer for 26). Four others retired, to see NZ XI reach 274/5 at the close of play, securing the draw. After a good start on the first day, the Zimbabwean camp should be worried by their inability to make breakthroughs in the 2nd innings, and with the one-off Test starting on Thursday, there's not much time to work out the problem. Full scorecard below the cut.
New Zealand XI 272/7d (73.5 overs; Watling 84, S Masakadza 2/36) & 274/5 (62 overs; van Wyk 61, Cremer 1/56), Zimbabweans 329 (107 overs; Chakabva 87*, Wagner 3/86). Match drawn.

New Zealand XI 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
MG Bracewell 	lbw b Jarvis 	                        0 	11 	10 	0 	0 	0.00
CFK van Wyk 	c †Taibu b Vitori 	                5 	25 	12 	1 	0 	41.66
KS Williamson 	c †Taibu b SW Masakadza 	        26 	87 	63 	3 	0 	41.26
LRPL Taylor* 	b Meth 	                                7 	34 	11 	1 	0 	63.63
DL Vettori 	c Waller b Chigumbura 	                49 	96 	63 	5 	0 	77.77
BJ Watling† 	run out (Jarvis/†Chakabva) 	        84 	221 	181 	12 	0 	46.40
SR Wells 	c †Chakabva b SW Masakadza 	        65 	126 	85 	7 	1 	76.47
TS Nethula 	not out 	                        17 	38 	29 	2 	1 	58.62
	Extras 	(lb 5, w 2, nb 12) 	                19 					
	Total 	(7 wickets dec; 73.5 overs; 318 mins) 	272 	(3.68 runs per over)

Did not bat: N Wagner, AJ McKay, BJ Arnel, CS Martin, TD Astle

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Bracewell, 2.3 ov), 2-6 (van Wyk, 5.1 ov), 3-32 (Taylor, 11.3 ov), 
4-59 (Williamson, 20.2 ov), 5-114 (Vettori, 32.2 ov), 6-239 (Wells, 64.4 ov), 7-272 (Watling, 73.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KM Jarvis 	8 	4 	27 	1 	3.37 		
BV Vitori 	13 	1 	60 	1 	4.61 	(8nb) 	
SW Masakadza 	11 	1 	36 	2 	3.27 	(1nb, 1w) 	
KO Meth 	12 	3 	31 	1 	2.58 		
E Chigumbura 	7 	0 	42 	1 	6.00 	(2nb, 1w) 	
AG Cremer 	11 	2 	38 	0 	3.45 		
MN Waller 	2 	0 	6 	0 	3.00 		
RW Price 	9.5 	2 	27 	0 	2.74 		


Zimbabweans 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	c Taylor b Martin 	        26 	88 	65 	4 	0 	40.00
H Masakadza* 	c Wagner b McKay 	        24 	121 	84 	2 	0 	28.57
F Mutizwa 	c †Watling b Martin 	        0 	7 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
T Taibu† 	c Williamson b Wagner 	        66 	147 	123 	11 	0 	53.65
MN Waller 	c †Watling b Wagner 	        58 	143 	81 	8 	0 	71.60
RW Chakabva 	not out 	                87 	203 	148 	12 	2 	58.78
E Chigumbura 	c van Wyk b Wagner 	        0 	6 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
AG Cremer 	c Taylor b Vettori 	        13 	35 	25 	1 	0 	52.00
KO Meth 	c Taylor b Nethula 	        3 	12 	12 	0 	0 	25.00
SW Masakadza 	c Martin b McKay 	        25 	61 	51 	4 	0 	49.01
RW Price 	c Taylor b Wells 	        19 	66 	53 	2 	1 	35.84
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 2, w 1, nb 4) 	        8 					
	Total 	(all out; 107 overs; 450 mins) 	329 	(3.07 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Jarvis, BV Vitori

Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Mawoyo, 20.5 ov), 2-45 (Mutizwa, 22.2 ov), 3-55 (H Masakadza, 27.5 ov), 
4-174 (Taibu, 56.6 ov), 5-181 (Waller, 60.6 ov), 6-181 (Chigumbura, 62.1 ov), 
7-203 (Cremer, 70.4 ov), 8-210 (Meth, 73.6 ov), 9-256 (SW Masakadza, 90.1 ov), 
10-329 (Price, 106.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
AJ McKay 	16 	4 	61 	2 	3.81 		
CS Martin 	18 	5 	39 	2 	2.16 		
BJ Arnel 	18 	9 	25 	0 	1.38 		
N Wagner 	19 	2 	86 	3 	4.52 	(1w) 	
TS Nethula 	18 	0 	63 	1 	3.50 	(4nb) 	
SR Wells 	11 	5 	26 	1 	2.36 		
DL Vettori 	6 	3 	15 	1 	2.50 		
KS Williamson 	1 	0 	11 	0 	11.00 		


New Zealand XI 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
MG Bracewell 	b Cremer 	                26 	99 	65 	3 	0 	40.00
CFK van Wyk 	retired out 	                61 	119 	74 	8 	0 	82.43
KS Williamson 	retired out 	                52 	85 	57 	4 	2 	91.22
LRPL Taylor* 	retired out 	                54 	75 	63 	8 	0 	85.71
DL Vettori 	not out 	                41 	93 	54 	4 	0 	75.92
BJ Watling† 	retired out 	                20 	53 	46 	2 	0 	43.47
SR Wells 	not out 	                5 	30 	25 	0 	0 	20.00
	Extras 	(lb 1, w 2, nb 12) 	        15 					
	Total 	(5 wickets; 62 overs; 278 mins) 274 	(4.41 runs per over)

Did not bat: TS Nethula, N Wagner, AJ McKay, BJ Arnel, CS Martin, TD Astle

Fall of wickets: 1-79 (Bracewell, 20.3 ov), 2-101 (van Wyk, 23.5 ov), 3-196 (Williamson, 39.6 ov), 
4-205 (Taylor, 41.6 ov), 5-247 (Watling, 54.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
BV Vitori 	9 	1 	30 	0 	3.33 	(5nb) 	
KM Jarvis 	10 	0 	42 	0 	4.20 	(1nb) 	
E Chigumbura 	5 	0 	21 	0 	4.20 	(1nb) 	
KO Meth 	9 	1 	47 	0 	5.22 		
AG Cremer 	12 	0 	56 	1 	4.66 		
SW Masakadza 	8 	1 	41 	0 	5.12 	(5nb, 2w) 	
H Masakadza 	5 	1 	13 	0 	2.60 		
MN Waller 	4 	0 	23 	0 	5.75 		

Match details
Players per side: 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
Toss: New Zealand XI, who chose to bat