West Indies seal series win

The West Indies wrapped up a two-nil series win in just under an hour and a half on the fourth morning when they won the Test at Sabina park by five wickets. 

The home side’s pursuit of a 206 run target was achieved in 63.2 overs.

Resuming on 135 for four, Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul quickly took the total through to 183.

Roach, playing as a night-watchman , hit 41 before Kane Williamson had him caught at backward square-leg.

Chanderpaul (43*) and Deonarine (15) guided the West Indies to victory.

Day 3: Bowlers give NZ hope

The BLACKCAP bowlers have kept their team in the match after another solid display with the ball on day three of the Test match against the West Indies in Jamaica.

Starting the day on 59 for two, the New Zealand batsmen struggled through to 154, giving them an overall lead of 205 runs.  

The West Indies have grafted their way to 135 for four  at stumps , leaving the home side 71 runs short of their target.

Trent Boult got the defence underway positively, again swinging the new ball prodigiously and soon had Chris Gayle trapped in front for eight in the third over.

Five balls later Tim Southee removed Kieron Powell the same way for six and things were looking rosy for the visitors.

The seamers continued to beat the bat but Assad Fudadin and Samuels managed to negotiate the difficult period, going to tea at 56 for two. 
However, Samuels was fortunate to survive with BJ Watling shelling a catch off the bowling of Bracewell  just three balls before the break.

A useful 74 runs partnership followed with Neil Wagner ending the third wicket stand when he bowled Fudadin for 27.

Bracewell then removed the key wicket of Samuels for 52, reducing the West Indies to 113 for four with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (20) and night-watchman Kemar Roach (10) resuming tomorrow.

Earlier, The West Indies bowling attack applied pressure from their first ball with the New Zealand batsmen unable to respond, losing five wickets for 50 runs in the first session.

Neil Wagner was the first to go with the night-watchman hurried by a Tino Best short ball, edging it in the air to the wicket-keeper.

Best soon had his second when Taylor nicked out for a duck and Brendon McCullum followed shortly after for 19 when he was caught bat-pad off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine.

Their problems were compounded when Deonarine had Kane Williamson caught at first slip for eight while Kruger van Wyk lasted just 15 deliveries before he holed out to deep square leg for five to hand Sunil Narine his first

New Zealand went to tea at 109 for seven with just Brownlie and the bowlers left in the pavilion.

A 37 run partnership developed for the eighth wicket but the spin of Narine undid Bracewell who was caught at short-leg for 14.

Brownlie (35) tried to accelerate the run-rate by clearing the field only to find mid-off while Tim Southee was the last man out, caught on the boundary for seven.

Day 2: Bowlers put BLACKCAPS on top

An outstanding bowling effort by the four-prong seam attack has put the BLACKCAPS in a strong position at the end of day two of the Test match against the West Indies in Jamaica.

The home side started the day on 11 without loss with the New Zealand quicks rolling them for 209 - 51 behind New Zealand’s day one total of 260.

New Zealand ended up on 59 for two at stumps, losing both openers after they initially put on 55 for the first wicket. 

BJ Watling (11) and Martin Guptill (42) did all the hard work only to both fall late in the day, LBW, to part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine.   Night-watchman Neil Wagner and Brendon McCullum will resume tomorrow.

 Earlier, the bowlers set up the day with an important first session that netted three key wickets and conceded just 51 runs.

Trent Boult’s swing was troubling all the batsmen, especially Chris Gayle, who faced 55 balls for just eight runs.  However, it was Wagner who picked up the prize scalp when he induced a top edge that ballooned to gully.

The other top order batsmen went to Boult with the left-arm quick nicking out Kieron Powell for 10 before trapping Assad Fudadin in front for five leaving the home side going struggling at 62 for three at the break.

After lunch it was Tim Southee’s turn to shine with a near perfect maiden setting tone for things to come.  Shivnarine Chanderpaul was beaten a number of times before finally edging Southee to first slip for nine.

Boult struck again to remove Narsingh Deonarine, caught behind for a duck, while Wagner picked up his second when Danesh Ramdin guided one straight to gully.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy tried to shift the momentum, playing shots from the outset, but his 32 run cameo came to an end when a fast, straight Southee delivery had him trapped in front.

That ended a good session for the New Zealand with the team taking four wickets for 101 runs to leave the West Indies still 97 runs behind their first innings total of 260.

The good work of the BLACKCAPS seam attack continued after tea despite Marlon Samuels continuing to play his shots.

Bracewell had both Sunil Narine (1) and Kemar Roach (0) caught at first slip in the space of 14 balls leaving Samuels on 98 with number 11, Tino Best, strolling to the crease.

Best defended the final delivery to leave the set batsman on strike for the following over.  Samuels didn’t mess around, banging three consecutive sixes to bring up this fourth Test century.

His superb inning of 123 was brought to an end by a superb catch by Wagner on the boundary handing Bracewell with figures of three for 46.

All the quicks impressed with Boult picking up three for 58 while Southee and Wagner chipped in with two apiece.

Day 1: BLACKCAPS with work to do

The BLACKCAPS will need to strike early tomorrow, after being dismissed for 260 on day one of the second Test at Sabina Park, Kingston.

The West Indies will feel they got the better of the first day having picked up wickets at crucial times to dismiss the visitors after 82.5 overs.

The home side then managed to see out the final five overs of the day without losing a wicket and will resume tomorrow at 11 for none. 

The West Indies pace attack made the most of helpful conditions after winning the toss and inserting the New Zealand batsman.

New opener BJ Watling lasted 20 deliveries before he nicked a Kemar Roach delivery to first slip for two, while Tino Best had Brendon McCullum caught behind without scoring.

Ross Taylor strolled to the crease with his side teetering at 11 for two, but along with Martin Guptill, went about rebuilding the innings.

The pair safely took their team to 74 for two at lunch and went on to forge a 103 run stand for the third wicket.

The partnership was broken by Best who found the outside edge of Taylor’s bat, removing the New Zealand captain for 60.

Guptill continued to anchor the innings, helping guide the team to 152 for three at tea.

However, disaster struck early in the afternoon session with the BLACKCAPS losing Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie and Guptill for nine runs to leave the visitors in deep trouble at 170 for six.

Williamson edged a Deonarine ball to first slip for 22 while Brownlie was caught behind off the bowling of Roach for a duck.

The biggest blow was Guptill who was called through for a quick single only to be run-out for 70. The in-form opener looking comfortable at the crease, striking his third half-century of the series, but had his promising innings cut short when Best threw down the stumps.

Kruger van Wyk and Doug Bracewell were the new batsmen at the crease and took New Zealand past the 200 mark, albeit with less wickets in hand than they would have liked.

When both batsmen fell in quick succession it looked like their side would be dismissed for little more than 200, but some late hitting added valuable runs for the BLACKCAPS.

Neil Wagner (23), Tim Southee (18) and Trent Boult (14*) frustrated the West Indies bowlers as they took the visitors to a total of 260 all out.

It’s certainly not the batting display New Zealand were after and they’ll now have to work hard with the ball to ensure West indies don’t come away with a big first innings lead.


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