zim cricket.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team crashed to heavy innings and 301 runs defeat at the hands of New Zealand in a one-off test match that ended today.

After ending day 2 on 395 for five, New Zealand went onto post a massive 495 runs before declaring.

After ending day 2 on 51 not out when rain forced play to stop, Bradley Watling went onto post an incredible 102 runs, with Tim Southee falling 6 runs short of a half century, as the Black Caps put 495 runs on the board before declaring.

Responding to New Zealand’s 495 run target, Zimbabwe put up a pathetic batting display.

The tourists appeared clueless with none of the team’s top order batsman managing to get to double figures.

Tinotenda Mawoyo fell for 2 runs with his partner Hamilton Masakadza perishing for a duck.

Foster Mutizwa was bowled for 6 with Captain Brendan Taylor only managing 9 runs.

Apart from Malcolm Waller who scored 23 runs, the rest of the team played like a bunch of school boys with Allan Butchers charges bowled out for an embarrassing 51 runs.

With Zimbabwe forced to follow on, openers Tinotenda Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza both failed to justify their status as the country’s openers with the duo failing to learn from their first innings mistakes.

Tinotenda Mawoyo posted another two runs with Hamilton Masakadza putting up yet another shocking display as he fell for another duck.

Foster Mutizwa scored 18 runs, with Brendan Taylor, Tatenda Taibu and Malcolm Waller singing the blues.

With Zimbabwe’s innings in shambles, the only form of resistance came from Regis Chakabva who scored 63 runs.

Twenty six and twenty one run contributions by Graeme Cremer and Shingirai Masakadza further saved Zimbabwe the embarrassment of scoring below 100 runs, as the tourists were bowled out for 143 runs and losing the game by an innings and 301 runs.