Bulawayo: New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket victory in the first Test on Saturday after seamer Chris Cairns had wrecked Zimbabwe's second innings with a spell in which he took four for nine. Cairns' morning contrasted sharply with that of Zimbabwe left-arm spinner Grant Flower who was called for throwing by Australian umpire Darrell Hair. Zimbabwe, resuming their second innings on 100 for five, were dismissed for 119 just 10.5 overs into the day's play, Cairns taking his four wickets in a spell of 5.5 overs. He finished with five for 31.
New Zealand, set a modest victory target of 132, made light of their task. Matthew Sinclair anchored the innings with a patient, unbeaten 43 off 119 balls and Craig McMillan ended the game with a flourish by hitting two sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 31. Flower was no-balled by square leg umpire Hair in the eighth over of New Zealand's innings. He ruled Flower threw the second, fourth and sixth deliveries of his second over. Under Test match playing conditions Flower was suspended from bowling for the rest of the innings. (c) Reuters Limited.