Wickets Tumble In Trinidad

Shannon Gabriel celebrates a wicket as the West Indies rocked New Zealand's batting line-up
Shannon Gabriel celebrates a wicket as the West Indies rocked New Zealand's batting line-up
©WICB Media / Randy Brooks
Jermaine Blackwood received his Test cap from Brian Lara before play began
Jermaine Blackwood received his Test cap from Brian Lara before play began
©WICB Media / Randy Brooks

New Zealand 221 (Latham 82, Taylor 4-34) v
West Indies 6-1
Second Test, Trinidad, day one

11 wickets fell on the opening day of the second Test between the West Indies and New Zealand in Trinidad after the batsmen had enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

New Zealand, through Tom Latham (82), Kane Williamson (42) and Ross Taylor (45 not out) were going well at 120 for one midway through the day.

However, the West Indies hit back to dismiss the Black Caps for 221 as Jerome Taylor picked up four for 34 and Sulieman Benn three for 73.

The final twist of a dramatic day came when Trent Boult bowled Chris Gayle for one to leave the home side on six for one at stumps.

The West Indies, thumped by 186 runs in the opening match in Jamaica, handed Jermaine Blackwood a Test debut, and recalled both Kraigg Brathwaite and Shannon Gabriel.

While Blackwood and Brathwaite came in for omitted batsmen Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Gabriel replaced off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who has an Achilles injury.

New Zealand replaced out-of-form opener Peter Fulton with Hamish Rutherford but were otherwise unchanged.

However, Rutherford managed just three in 22 balls before becoming Taylor's first wicket when he was caught by Gayle at slip.

Latham (82 in 163 balls) and Williamson (42 in 104 balls) then showed good discipline against accurate West Indian bowling to put on 104 together for the second wicket.

Then, things began to swing heavily in favour of the hosts.

Gabriel struck to remove Williamson, who top edged a pull to Kirk Edwards in the deep and soon after Latham was caught behind off Roach as he played away from his body.

Benn then needed the help of a review to get rid of Brendon McCullum (4) after a leg-before appeal was initially turned down and there was to be no third century in as many matches - or at least not yet - for Jimmy Neesham, who was well caught by Gayle off Taylor for 15.

The Jamaican then got rid of BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi for eight and 10-ball ducks respectively. The former was caught by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin and the latter by Gayle, doing well to hold on to a low catch.

Tim Southee made a quickfire 10 in 14 balls before he was trapped in front by Benn and next to go was Mark Craig, who edged Gabriel to Darren Bravo at slip having made just four.

At the other end, Ross Taylor faced 80 balls for his 45, hitting seven fours, but unable to find any support he was denied the chance of a half-century when Boult was also trapped in front by Benn for one.

Roach finished with one for 61 and Gabriel two for 43.

The West Indies would set out to back up their excellent bowling effort by reaching stumps without losing a wicket but were unable to bat out seven overs.

While Brathwaite made five in 23 balls, Gayle was beaten for pace by Boult and bowled for one in 11 balls.

Nightwatchman Benn faced eight balls without scoring.

© 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