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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Astle hundred puts NZ in control
Second Test, Bulawayo, day two (close): Zimbabwe 231; New Zealand 454-7

Stephen Fleming
Fleming despatches a short ball on the way to a half century
Nathan Astle made a century and skipper Stephen Fleming passed 6,000 runs in Test as they took command on day two against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

The Kiwis, already 1-0 up in the two-match series reached 454-7 by the close with Astle 116 not out and James Franklin on nine.

Lou Vincent missed out on a hundred when he was dismissed for 92 after a stand of 137 with Fleming (65).

Heath Streak, Blessing Mahwire and Keith Dabengwa took two wickets each.

But Streak apart, their attack lacked the experience to contain New Zealand, who made 406 runs in the day.

Mahwire dismissed Vincent and Scott Styris (45) but conceded 102 from his 20 overs, while leg-spinner Graeme Cremer had figures of 0-111 from 24.

New Zealand resumed on 48-2, with Vincent looking to atone for his part in a mix-up which led to Hamish Marshall being run out off the final ball of the first day's play.

Fleming reached his personal milestone on 14, the first New Zealander to hit the 6,000 mark, and after surviving a confident lbw appeal from Streak, he kept Vincent company throughout the morning.

Both departed within half an hour of the resumption, however, with Fleming caught behind as a good ball which left him off the pitch found the edge and Vincent bowled by a Streak yorker after hitting a six and 14 fours.

I knuckled down and concentrated on hitting the bad balls
Nathan Astle

There was little respite for Zimbabwe as Astle and Styris added 87 for the fifth wicket before the latter edged to keeper Tatenda Taibu, having done so earlier when he had made only three only for the umpire to call no-ball.

Brendon McCullum became debutant Dabengwa's first Test victim when he was caught by Brendan Taylor at slip after making 24 off 22 balls and he struck again to dismiss fellow left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori.

But Vettori (48) played his full part in stand of 103 with Astle, who brought up his 11th Test century off 154 balls with two to fine leg, before an attempted sweep resulted in a brilliant diving catch by Taibu.





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