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Benn, Roach Dismiss New Zealand

Kemar Roach celebrates
Kemar Roach (right) celebrates one of his four wickets on day one in Barbados
©WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks
Sulieman Benn gives a thumbs-up
Thumbs up for Sulieman Benn as he completed a five-wicket haul
©WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

New Zealand 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5-93) v
West Indies 32-0 (Gayle 18no)
Third Test, Barbados, day one

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and fast bowler Kemar Roach shared nine wickets as the West Indies bowled New Zealand out for 293 on day one of the decisive third Test in Barbados.

Benn took five for 93 and Roach four for 61 as the West Indies repeated the start they made in the second Test in Trinidad by dismissing their opponents on the first day.

Jimmy Neesham hit a counter-attacking half-century for the Black Caps and Mark Craig was left unbeaten on 46.

The West Indies ended a fine day by closing on 32 without loss with openers Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite batting out nine overs.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first against a West Indies side making two changes following a 10-wicket win in Trinidad.

Jermaine Blackwood and Shannon Gabriel missed out as Shane Shillingford was recalled and quick bowler Jason Holder given his debut.

New Zealand replaced leg-spinner Ish Sodhi with left-arm pacer Neil Wagner, going the other way to the West Indies by fielding one less specialist slow bowler.

However, it was Roach who made the early breakthroughs when he removed openers Tom Latham (14) and Hamish Rutherford (4) in a fiery opening spell.

Rutherford drove him to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on and Latham was trapped in front and was almost starting to walk back to the pavilion when the umpire's finger was raised, so late was he on his shot as the ball crashed into his pads right in front of the stumps.

Jerome Taylor shared the new ball with Roach and Holder came on first change, showing outstanding control. Although he would end the day wicketless, he was the most economical bowler used and four of his 10 overs were maidens.

Kane Williamson (43 in 68 balls) and Ross Taylor (45 in 71) put on 74 together to take the score past 100 before Benn began to torment the visitors.

Sharp turn and bounce did for Williamson who was caught on the back foot and caught at first slip by Darren Bravo before Benn the fielder pulled off a blinder at gully to see the back of Taylor as Roach grabbed his third wicket.

From 114 for four, Neesham and Brendon McCullum (31 in 30 balls) launched counter-attack and quickly put on 54 for the fifth wicket.

However, their quick scoring could not last, and when McCullum tried to pull Benn, he got a top edge which looped up for Bravo to take a simple catch.

Just four more runs had been added when BJ Watling (1) edged Benn to Gayle at slip and New Zealand were in danger of failing to make 200 as Benn bowled Tim Southee for six with a yorker.

However, Neesham joined forces with Craig, who on the evidence of his resolute innings in Jamaica, and an unbeaten 46 in 93 balls here, might be justified in asking for a move up the order soon, to take New Zealand on to 258.

Hesitating after pushing the ball to Brathwaite and setting off for a risky single, Neesham failed to make his ground and was run out, his enterprising 91-ball innings over. He hit 78 with 10 fours and a six.

Craig, however, continued to stand firm and along with Wagner (2) and Trent Boult (12) almost got New Zealand to 300.

Wagner was caught down the leg-side by Denesh Ramdin off Roach and Benn completed his five-wicket haul when Boult was stumped attempting a wild shot.

Gayle then struck 18 not out in 23 balls, with three fours and one six, while Brathwaite was more circumspect as he reached stumps on 11 in 32 as the West Indies put the seal on an excellent day.

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