Bulawayo: Despite Matthew Horne's century New Zealand finished the third day of the first cricket Test on 252 for seven trailing Zimbabwe's first innings score by 98 runs with Craig McMillan getting out in the last over of the day, on Thursday at Queen's Sports Club.With the departure of McMillan it can be said that the day's honours rested with the home team. Earlier New Zealand were in a spot of bother when they lost their sixth wicket at 180, when century maker Matthew Horne (110) departed lbw to Paul Strang becoming the leg spinner's fifth victim of the innings.
But Chris Cairn's and McMillian (58) strung a useful 72-run partnership to steer New Zealand to a reasonably sound position.Chris Cairns was still at the crease on 33 at the draw of stumps.Horne scored his fourth Test century as New Zealand laboured throughout the day. Horne was out to the last ball before tea. The New Zealand opener faced 277 balls and hit 13 fours.
Strang, who dismissed night watchman Paul Wiseman in the morning session, struck again 35 minutes into the second session when Stephen Fleming prodded a leg side delivery to Gavin Rennie at short leg. Two balls later Nathan Astle was caught behind by wicketkeeper Andy Flower for nought to leave New Zealand on 139 for five.
Horne and McMillan consolidated in a sixth-wicket stand of 41 that ended with Horne's dismissal.