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Latham ton puts Black Caps in control

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

Tom Latham made a century and captain Kane Williamson fell just short as New Zealand opened up a 151-run lead with six wickets remaining against Zimbabwe on the second day of the first Test in Bulawayo.

Opener Latham struck 12 fours on his way to 105 for his fourth Test century and Williamson made 91 as the Black Caps closed on 315-4 after skittling out Zimbabwe for 164 on the opening day.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner's six-wicket haul on day one spelled trouble for the hosts and it was left to Latham and Williamson to press home New Zealand's advantage by putting on 156 for the second wicket.

The tourists resumed on 32 without loss and reached 79 before Latham's opening partner Martin Guptill was caught by Craig Ervine at gully off Chamu Chibhabha for 40.

Latham's fine partnership with Williamson ended in the 73rd over by Hamilton Masakadza when he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brian Chari.

Ross Taylor and Williamson took the score on to 272 but in the 86th over the Black Caps skipper was lured into playing a shot by Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer and caught at first slip by Masakadza.

Henry Nicholls was caught behind off Donald Tiripano after making 18 to leave New Zealand on 299 for four, but at close Taylor was unbeaten on 38 and Ish Sodhi was five not out having taken them to 315 without further loss.

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