FALMOUTH, Jamaica, CMC- The New Zealand cricket team opened their tour of the West Indies with a draw against a Jamaica Select X1 on the second day of their two day warm-up match at the Trelawny Multiplex here yesterday.
Two late innings partnership helped the Jamaicans to recover from a batting collapse, allowing them to surpass the visitor’s first innings total of 112 for six declared at tea on the first day.
Resuming from their overnight score of 94 for five, the home side recovered to declare at 171-9, 59 runs ahead of the Black caps first innings total.
Kenar Lewis added nine runs to his overnight score of 31 to finish with the top score for Jamaica while teaming up with Fabian Allen in a crucial seven wicket stand that yielded 27 runs.
Allen also played a significant role in pushing the total along and contributed 31 before he was trapped lbw to Ish Sodhi.
Ramaal Lewis who was unbeaten on 17 and Christopher Powell played equally important roles as well in an eight wicket partnership that further lifted the local side by an additional 27 runs.
It ended when Powell was caught behind for 17, one of Neil Wagnar’s five scalps during an impressive bowling display in which he clean bowled Lewis, Delbert Gayle for four and Aldaine Thomas for a duck.
Wagnar topped the bowling with five wickets for 38 while Mark Craig picked up three for 17 on the first day before he was rested Friday with a tight quadricep muscle.
With the bat in the second innings, BJ Watling had some solid time in the middle to top score with 50 as did Luke Ronchi (40 not out).
Blackcaps captain Peter Fulton scored 30, including two sixes as New Zealand were 210-6 at stumps.
Odean Brown was the leading wicket taker with two three for 56 while Gavon Brown grabbed two for 57 for Jamaica.
New Zealand’s next match is against a Jamaican XI, a three-day warm-up fixture in Trelawny starting on Monday.
NEW ZEALANDERS 1st Innings
112 for six declared
JAMAICA SELECT XI 1st Innings
(overnight 94 for five)
S. Thomas c Ronchi b Craig 22
J.R. Campbell c Craig b Wagner 18
K. Lewis b Wagner 40
*P. Palmer c Neesham b Craig 6
B. King c Ronchi b Craig 3
D. Gayle b Wagner 4
+A. Thomas b Wagner 0
F. Allen lbw b Sodhi 31
R. Lewis not out 17
C. Powell c wkpr Ronchi b Wagner 16
Extras (b8, lb2, nb3) 13
TOTAL (9 wkts decl’d, 49.2 overs) 170
O. Brown, B. Buchanan, G. Brown did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-51, 3-68, 4-82, 5-94, 6-94, 7-115, 8-143, 9-170
Bowling: Boult 9-0-45-0 (nb2); Wagner 10.2-2-38-5 (nb1); Neesham 5-0-17-0; Craig 9-3-17-3; Sodhi 12-3-28-1; Wilson 4-0-15-0
NEW ZEALANDERS 2nd Innings
*P. Fulton c Allen b O. Brown 30
H. Rutherford c S. Thomas b G. Brown 19
T. Latham c Buchanan b O. Brown 14
+B.J. Watling c Gayle b G. Brown 50
J. Neesham c Allen b R. Lewis 22
L. Ronchi not out 38
N. Wagner c and b O. Brown 15
Extras (b3, lb5, w14, nb2) 23
TOTAL (6 wkts, 66 overs) 210
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-71, 3-85, 4-126, 5-176, 6-210
Bowling: Buchanan 8-2-30-0 (w1); Powell 8-2-10-0; G. Brown 10-0-57-2 (nb1, w13); Allen 14-5-28-0; O. Brown 16-0-56-3 (nb1); R. Lewis 9-0-21-1; K. Lewis 1-0-3-0
Result: Match drawn
Players-a-side: 13 (11 bat, 11 field)
Umpires: V. Smith, C. Taylor
Match referee: M. Hylton
Reserve umpire: R. Samuels