A swarm of bees briefly interrupted New Zealand's tour match in Zimbabwe and sent players ducking for cover on Saturday. All-rounder Mitchell Santner said he was surprised by the fear during the Black Caps' meeting with Zimbabwe A in Harare.

New Zealand is in control of the tour match at 154 for 4 in its second innings and leading by 385 runs. "A swarm of bees floated across in front of the sight screen there," Santner told the Black Caps website.

"I saw Boulty [Trent Boult] hit the deck pretty early and from there everyone else seemed to hit the deck, but I was the only one standing I think you'll find. They were quite far away so I don't know why everyone was on the ground, it was a bit weird. We had to stop play for a bit but I think they moved on and we carried on."