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Cricket - Taylor helps New Zealand build massive lead

AFP logoAFP 30/07/2016

New Zealand's batsman Ross Taylor raises his bat in celebration of his century during the third day of the first test match in a series of two tests between New Zealand and hosts Zimbabwe on July 30 2016 at the Queens Sports Club, in Bulawayo. © Provided by AFP New Zealand's batsman Ross Taylor raises his bat in celebration of his century during the third day of the first test match in a series of two tests between New Zealand and hosts Zimbabwe on July 30 2016 at the Queens Sports Club, in Bulawayo. Ross Taylor and BJ Watling continued to grind Zimbabwe into the dust as their unbroken 220-run stand helped New Zealand build a mammoth first-innings lead on day three of the first Test at Queens Sports Club.

Taylor brought up his 14th Test century and converted it into an unbeaten 156, while Watling went to tea on 95 not out as New Zealand reached 543 for five.

With a lead of 379, the focus began to shift to when captain Kane Williamson might declare and begin New Zealand's push for victory.

The Black Caps lost nightwatchman Ish Sodhi in the second over of the day but that simply allowed Taylor and Watling to get on with their productive alliance.

AFP

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