Bowlers Prosper In Jamaica

Neil Wagner took two late wickets as bowlers excelled on the opening day
Neil Wagner took two late wickets as bowlers excelled on the opening day
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Both the touring New Zealanders and a Jamaica Select XI found batting difficult on the opening day of a two-day tour match at the Trelawny Multiplex.

After the New Zealand team declared on 112 for six, the Jamaica XI closed on 94 for five.

Matt Craig ended the day with three for 17 for the tourists.

Opener Peter Fulton, captaining the side, and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham both fell for ducks while Tom Latham made 33 and Luke Ronchi 21.

Hamish Rutherford (13) and BJ Watling (7) missed out on their first opportunity of the tour to spend time at the crease.

Unbeaten when the declaration came were Ish Sodhi (22 not out) and Craig (12 not out).

Craig capped a decent day for himself by then taking the wickets of Shacaya Thomas (22), Paul Palmer (6) and Brandon King (3).

Neil Wagner had Jon-Ross Campbell caught by Craig at second slip for 18 and bowled Delbert Gayle for four late on.

Kennar Lewis was not out on 31 at stumps.

The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies is starts at Sabina Park on 8th June.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
8th-12th June: 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica
New Zealand 508-7 dec. & 156-8 dec. beat
West Indies 262 & 216 by 186 runs
16th-20th June: 2nd Test, Port of Spain, Trinidad
West Indies 460 & 95-0 (Gayle 80no) beat
New Zealand 221 & 331 by 10 wickets
26th-30th June: 3rd Test, Barbados
New Zealand 293 & 331-7 dec. beat
West Indies 317 & 254 (Holder 52) by 53 runs
5th July: 1st T20I, Roseau, Dominica
New Zealand 117-4 (McCullum 40) beat
West Indies 132-7 (Fletcher 52) by 12 runs (D/L)
6th July: 2nd T20I, Roseau, Dominica
West Indies 165-6 (Fletcher 62) beat
New Zealand 126 (Cottrell 3-28) by 39 runs