Zim crash to in­nings de­feat

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R soo Chi poiC Ari han starN 576 for 6 dec (Tay­lor 173*, Watling 107, Latham 105) beat 164 (Tiri­pano 49*, Wag­ner 6-41) and 295 (Wil­liams 119, Ervine 50, Boult 4-52) by an in­nings and 117 runs. through­out the match. Kane Wil­liamson tried to clog up his scor­ing area with two slips, two gul­lies, two short cov­ers and a back­ward point but Wil­liams was wise to the trick and re­sponded with shots in the va­cant leg side.

With Southee and Boult un­able to dis­lodge Wil­liams, Wil­liamson turned to first-in­nings hero Neil Wag­ner and gave him a li­cense to at­tack. Wag­ner hit Cre­mer on the thigh pad, the left shoul­der and even­tu­ally the left fore-arm, which Cre­mer broke ear­lier this year. The Zim­babwe cap­tain, as he did with ball in hand, fought through it all. While Cre­mer con­tent to hold his end, Wil­liams prof­ited off the short ball and brought out an au­da­cious range of strokes, in­clud­ing a cheeky ramp off Wag­ner and sweetly timed sweeps. He used his feet, scored quickly, with his fifty com­ing off 63 balls, and found the bound­ary of­ten - 11 times in the fifty and 21 in his en­tire in­nings.

Wil­liams took his part­ner­ship with Cre­mer to 100 runs with a straight dive and put him­self into the nineties with a cut. His cap­tain was not around to usher him to the cen­tury. Cre­mer was given out lbw by um­pire Paul Reif­fel to a Sodhi leg­break that hit him above the pad. The height made the de­ci­sion ques­tion­able but Cre­mer had to go.

In­stead, Wil­liams’ fel­low sick-bed mate Regis Chak­abva, whose ton­sil­li­tis meant he could not field, was at the other end when he out­side edged a wrong ‘un to third man to bring up the fastest hun­dred by a Zim­bab­wean in Tests. Wil­liams faced just 106 balls, one less than Neil John­son.

Although clearly af­fected by ex­er­tion af­ter his ill­ness, Wil­liams did not let the land­mark dis­tract him from keep­ing Zim­babwe fight­ing for as long as pos­si­ble. He watched as Chak­abva was bowled around the legs by Tim Southee with the old ball, but then holed out to deep mid-wicket off Sant­ner to end a coura­geous knock. Don­ald Tiri­pano was left to deal with the last rites, which came when he nicked off, with Zim­babwe five runs short of 300. - ESPNCricinfo

Tafadzwa Rusike Harare City winger Wil­liam Manondo (left) tries to beat Chicken Inn de­fender Divine Lunga in a Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League match played at Lu­veve Sta­dium yes­ter­day. (pic­ture by Paul Mun­dandi)

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