Germon's bold declaration nearly pays off

Cricket NZ 230-8 dec and 222-5 dec Zimbabwe 196 and 208-6 (Match drawn)
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NZ 230-8 dec and 222-5 dec Zimbabwe 196 and 208-6 (Match drawn)

New Zealand and Zimbabwe drew the first Test at Hamilton yesterday despite the best efforts of the home captain, Lee Germon, to force a positive result.

Germon declared his side's second innings at 222 for 5 at lunch on the final day, setting Zimbabwe a target of 257 in two sessions for victory. At the close, they were 49 short with four wickets in hand after going in at tea at 113 for 2.

Grant Flower and Stuart Carlisle brought up the 50 in the 11th over before Carlisle was caught at first slip off Dipak Patel's first ball. New Zealand's best bowler in the match, Chris Cairns, dismissed Flower for 59 after tea, and following the loss of David Houghton and Alastair Campbell, Zimbabwe put up the shutters.

NEW ZEALAND - First innings 230 for 8 dec (Streak 4-52)

ZIMBABWE - First innings 196 (Whittall 54; Cairns 4-56)

NEW ZEALAND - Second innings

(overnight: 129-4)

C Spearman lbw Streak 27

R Twose run out 8

S Fleming c A Flower b P Strang 21

A Parore not out 84

N Astle c Olonga b B Strang 32

C Cairns c Olonga b Brandes 7

*L Germon not out 22

Extras (lb7 nb6 w4 b4) 21

Total (for 5 dec) 222

Fall: 1-36 2-63 3-64 4-121 5-140

Did not bat: D Patel, G Loveridge, R Kennedy, G Allott.

Bowling: Streak 22-4-56-1; Brandes 18-4-52-1; B Strang 5-1-19-1; P Strang 24-7-57-1; G Flower 3-1-7-0; Olonga 3-1-20-0.

ZIMBABWE - Second innings

G Flower c Germon b Cairns 59

S Carlisle c Fleming b Patel 19

G Whittall c Kennedy b Twose 20

D Houghton lbw Twose 31

*A Flower not out 58

A Campbell c Germon b Patel 3

H Streak lbw Cairns 6

P Strang not out 0

Extras (lb4 nb7 w1) 12

Total (for 6) 208

Fall: 1-56 2-99 3-125 4-143 5-151 6-177.

Bowling: Cairns 15-4-43-2; Allott 7-0-49-0; Kennedy 5-0-19-0; Patel 21- 6-57-2; Twose 13-0-36-2.

Umpires: L Barker (West Indies), D Quested (NZ).