Narine breaks through as NZ hold firm
NORTH SOUND, Antigua – Sunil Narine claimed the only wicket West Indies collected before tea, as New Zealand were making a fight of it in the first Digicel Test on Saturday here.
Narine, the wrecker-in-chief of the New Zealanders’ first innings, grabbed the scalp of Daniel Flynn, as the visitors reached 92 for one in their second innings – a deficit of 79 – at the break on the fourth day.
This unfolded after West Indies captain Darren Sammy hit a belligerent, even 50, as his side were dismissed about two minutes before lunch for 522.
After Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach failed to make an impact with the new ball on the hard, true Vivian Richards Cricket Ground pitch, Narine made the breakthrough when Flynn failed to read his knuckle ball, played back and down the wrong line, and was trapped lbw for 20.
But West Indies failed to make further inroads, as Brendon McCullum, not out on 26, joined Martin Guptill, not out on 42, and they batted through the remainder of the session.
Before lunch, Sammy struck four fours and three sixes from 80 balls in 114 minutes, as West Indies stretched their lead after resuming on their overnight total of 442 for six.
He reached his 50 from 79 balls, when he slog/swept New Zealand’s bespectacled, champion left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori over mid-wicket for his last six.
But Sammy gave a tame return catch, when he tried to repeat the stroke off the very next delivery from the same bowler and got a steepling top-edge.
He and Narsingh Deonarine – with 79 – shared a valuable 69 for the seventh wicket before West Indies lost their last four wickets for 25 runs in the space of 70 balls.
Sammy gave the Caribbean side a bright start, when he flicked the first delivery of the day, from Doug Bracewell, through backward square leg for four.
He led his side’s charge with a few more bold strokes, including a flat six over mid-wicket off Vettori that landed in the car park, but Deonarine too, indulged himself, when he collected three fours from Martin’s 24th over.
Deonarine allowed Martin his revenge, when he was bowled for 79, playing on a full-length delivery two overs later. The West Indies left-hander struck 10 fours and one six from 129 balls in 224 minutes.
In between periods of consolidation, Sammy continued to make merry, but neither he nor the rest of the bowlers could pile on enough pressure.
Martin was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 3-134 from 30 overs and Bracewell ended with 2-96 from 29.3 overs.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 351
(M. Guptill 97; S. Narine 5-132)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 442 for six)
C. Gayle c McCullum b Williamson 150
K. Powell c wkpr van Wyk b Wagner 134
A. Fudadin c McCullum b Williamson 55
M. Samuels b Martin 28
S. Chanderpaul c wkpr van Wyk b Martin 0
N. Deonarine b Martin 79
+D. Ramdin b Bracewell 3
*D. Sammy c and b Vettori 50
S. Narine run out (Martin) 4
K. Roach not out 6
R. Rampaul lbw b Bracewell 1
Extras (lb9, nb3) 12
TOTAL (all out) 522
Fall of wickets: 1-254 (Gayle), 2-304 (Powell), 3-355 (Samuels), 4-355 (Chanderpaul), 5-410 (Fudadin), 6-426 (+Ramdin), 7-497 (Deonarine), 8-502 (Narine), 9-516 (*Sammy)
Bowling: Martin 30-9-134-3 (nb3); Bracewell 29.3-5-96-2; Wagner 33-8-112-1; Vettori 51-14-124-1; Williamson 20-2-47-2
NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings
D. Flynn lbw b Narine 20
M. Guptill not out 42
B. McCullum not out 26
Extras (lb4) 4
TOTAL (1 wkt) 92
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Flynn)
Bowling: Rampaul 6-0-25-0; Roach 6-0-21-0; Narine 11-1-29-1; *Sammy 6-2-13-0; Samuels 1-1-0-0
Position: New Zealand trail by 79 with nine second innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Kettleborough, P. Reiffel
TV umpire: M. Erasmus
Match referee: R. MadugalleReserve umpire: J. Wilson