NZ beat Zimbabwe by innings and 117 runs


August 02, 2016
Ross Taylor

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP):

New Zealand wrapped up the first test with an innings and 117-run victory on Sunday over Zimbabwe, which had the consolation of Sean Williams hitting the country's fastest Test century.

With the Zimbabweans playing their first Test in nearly two years, and New Zealand amassing 576-6 in its first innings, the result was never really in doubt.

Zimbabwe resumed the fourth day on 121-5 in their second innings and Williams smashed 119 in 148 balls before being caught by Kane Williamson off Mitchell Santner.

Trent Boult took 4-52 as the hosts were dismissed for 295 at Queens Sports Club.

New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe for 164 in its first innings with Neil Wagner taking 6-41.

New Zealand's first-innings total was set up by three centuries, from opener Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper BJ Watling. Taylor top-scored with 173 not out.

The second and final Test starts Saturday in Bulawayo.

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