Fleming ton sees New Zealand home against Bangladesh

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, April 2, 2007 (AFP) – New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming’s 102 not out set the seal on a comprehensive nine wicket victory against Bangladesh in the World Cup Super Eights match here Monday as his side moved a step nearer the semi-finals. Bangladesh next play South Africa in Guyana on Saturday with New Zealand taking on Ireland there Monday.

Together with Hamish Marshall, who made 50 not out, he shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 134 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Marshall’s six off Mohammad Ashraful saw New Zealand win with more than 20 overs to spare.

Fleming’s 90-ball innings, which featured three sixes and 10 fours, was only his eighth century in 275 one-day internationals.
Marshall faced 54 balls with one six and two fours.

Victory left New Zealand, who carried forward two points for a win over fellow Group C qualifiers England, level at the top of the standings on six points with world champions Australia.

The Black Caps’ second win in the Super Eights, after a seven-wicket defeat of hosts West Indies on Thursday, was set up by a fine bowling display that saw Bangladesh bundled out for 174.

Jacob Oram (three for 30) made the initial breakthrough with two top order wickets and a run out befo