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New Zealand Take Control

Tim Southee, who took four wickets, was outstanding as New Zealand built a commanding lead
Tim Southee, who took four wickets, was outstanding as New Zealand built a commanding lead
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New Zealand 508-7 dec. & 14-2 v
West Indies 262 (Chanderpaul 84no)
First Test, Jamaica, day three

Tim Southee and Mark Craig took four wickets apiece to help New Zealand build a 260-run lead by stumps on day three of the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica.

Only Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul offered much resistance as the home side were dismissed for 262 in reply to New Zealand's 508 for seven declared.

Southee and Craig both took four wickets to hand the tourists a 246-run lead on first innings, although they decided against enforcing the follow-on.

The Black Caps then lost the wickets of Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson to close on 14 for two but remain firmly in control of the match.

Resuming on 19 without loss in the morning, West Indian openers Gayle and Kieran Powell faced a stern test against Southee and Trent Boult.

Southee in particular had Gayle in all sorts of trouble and the experienced left-hander played and missed at a string of deliveries but managed to survive until the less experienced slow bowlers Craig, Ish Sodhi and Jimmy Neesham were introduced.

It was Powell who fell first as the West Indies lost three wickets for one run to go from 60 without loss to 61 for three.

He was trapped in front by Craig for 28, Kirk Edwards was caught by Ross Taylor three balls later and then Darren Bravo was caught and bowled by Sodhi, the latter two players failing to score.

Gayle and Chanderpaul then combined to steady the ship and take the score past 100 before Gayle edged Southee to BJ Watling for 64 in 125 balls.

Southee continued his fine effort by trapping Marlon Samuels (0) in front for a two-ball duck, reaping deserved rewards for an excellent display of fast bowling.

Meanwhile, Chanderpaul stood firm on his way to 84 not out 138 balls, finding support from Denesh Ramdin (39), Sulieman Benn (17) and Shane Shillingford (14) but the West Indies never seriously threatened to avoid the possibility of following on.

Southee had Ramdin caught behind on the stroke of tea and wrapped up the innings when Shillingford was also caught by Watling.

Craig completed figures of four for 91 by having Kemar Roach (4) caught by Fulton and bowling Benn while Boult had Jerome Taylor caught by Brendon McCullum for seven.

Southee, though, deserves enormous credit for his four for 19 in 16.2 overs which included nine maidens.

New Zealand opted against bowling again but were quickly in some bother in their second innings when Fulton, who managed just one run in the first innings, chased a wide one and was caught by Ramdin off Taylor for a two-ball duck.

Williamson, who scored a gritty century in the first innings, ground out two in 30 balls before making a misjudgment and leaving a Roach deliver onto his stumps.

Tom Latham had made eight in 26 balls and nightwatchman Sodhi joined him at the fall of Williamson's wicket and had made four not out in 20 balls by the close of play.

Neesham also scored a century during New Zealand's innings and was the only bowler to go wicketless when the Black Caps bowled, Boult returning one for 67 and Sodhi one for 69.

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