Kemar Roach has described the pitch on which he took four wickets yesterday as "not an easy [one] to bowl on." He and Tino Best took six wickets between them to help bowl New Zealand out for just 260 on the first day at Sabina Park.
Roach said, "I would rate today's effort as a good performance. It was not an easy pitch to bowl on. It offered some moisture in the early stages, but then it flattened out and made batting quite easy."
New Zealand have suffered a major blow ahead of the second Test against the West Indies, a match they must win to avoid defeat in the two-match series, after talismanic all-rounder Daniel Vettori was ruled out with a groin strain.
Leaders Harrogate maintained their unbeaten record with a five wicket win at Sheffield Collegiate in the ECB Yorkshire League.
Collegiate were bowled out for 114 with teenage pace bowler Sam Davies taking 4-16. Harrogate were struggling in reply at 61-5, but then opener Alexis Twigg and Adny Hawkswell settled any nerves with an unbroken stand of 54, Twigg top scoring with 53.
Adam Patel led Manningham Mills to a thrilling one wicket home win over Saltaire on the day that Woodlands strengthened their grip on the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division title. Mills were heading for defeat at 189-9 in reply to Saltaireâ€™s 262-5 when last man Zeeshan Qasim joined Patel.
The Rochdale, Saddleworth and District side secured their semi final place by beating Worcestershire based Kidderminster Victoria with Hegg contributing a well paced 40 runs in his sideâ€™s total of 212 for 6 . They will now travel to York Cricket Club who defeated Cuckney in an enthralling seven run victory.
Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday, with a groin injury. He has been replaced in the 13-man squad by Fidel Edwards. Tino Best is the other fast-bowler included in the squad who didn't play during the hosts' nine-wicket win in the first Test in Antigua.
West Indies won the first Test against New Zealand by nine wickets with around an hour to spare on the final evening at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. They reached their target of 102 in the 20th over of their second innings after Kemar Roach had ended with five for 60 to help bowl New Zealand out for 272 in their second.
Woodlands showed the resilience worthy of championship favourites to gain a dramatic four-run win at home to relegation threatened Farsley in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division.
The leaders were in grave danger of losing their first match of the season after the visitors bowled them out for a mere 111 with off spinner Mark Harrison taking 4-10 and paceman Chris Henry 3-43 with only opener Sam Frankland (34) being able to cope with the Farsley attack.
Eric Austin thrashed 115 not out off 93 balls as he shared a 138-run partnership with Luke Patel (40), enabling Wrenthorpe to post 250-5 in a 34 over match at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers to set up a 93-run win. Cavaliers were all out for 157 with Bradley Drake top scoring with 57 while Michael Padgett made 40.
Fast-bowler Trent Boult and wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling have been ruled out of the New Zealand side for the first Test against West Indies, which begins tomorrow in Antigua. Both men were named in the Black Caps' original 15-man Test squad back in May, but have sustained quad muscle injuries and missed the drawn warm-up match against WICB President's XI.
Himley CC are inviting cricket fans throughout the region to enjoy the thrills of floodlit t20 action throughout the week of 20th August.
The club are staging the Black Country Floodlit t20 tournament from Monday to Friday after the success of last two yearâ€™s event.
West Indies have announced their 13-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday in Antigua. They have been forced to make at least one change from the side that played the third Test against England at Edgbaston in June, with Darren Bravo out injured.
New Zealand have appointed former Otago second XI player and first-team coach Mike Hesson as their new head coach. He has been given a contract until the end of the 2015 World Cup and will take over from the incumbent, John Wright, following the Black Caps' tour of the Caribbean.
Will summer ever properly appear in 2012? Sadly the weather took more casualties in the Kingfisher Beer Cup on Sunday but some matches managed to take advantage of a dry day to play their fifth round fixture.
The first of those matches to beat the rain was York v Ockbrook & Borrowash, with the Yorkshire Premier League able to host a fixture after weeks of rain.
New Zealand have named their 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20, including uncapped players Anaru Kitchen and George Worker.
Kitchen is a left-arm spinner while Worker is a left-hand batsman and there is no place in the squad for powerful all-rounder Jesse Ryder.
The West Indies completed a 4-1 One-Day International series win over New Zealand with a 20-run win in the final match in Saint Kitts.
Half-centuries from Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo helped the West Indies post 241 for nine before a haul of five for 27 from Sunil Narine helped bowl New Zealand out for 221 in reply.
With the bad weather showing no sign of relenting, club cricketers were again frustrated this weekend as several matches around England were cancelled.
In the Middlesex County Cricket League, only one match - that between Acton and Brentham - got underway, the match ending in a draw.