New Zealand take control of 1st Test

Bowlers restrict West Indies in the first-innings as the visitors lead by 260 runs with two days remaining.

    Southee  (centre) ended up with 4-19 in the first-innings [GALLO/GETTY]
    Southee (centre) ended up with 4-19 in the first-innings [GALLO/GETTY]

    New Zealand lurched to 14 for two in their second-innings at close of play on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies in Kingston although they still controlled the match with a massive 260-run lead.

    Tom Latham was on eight, while nightwatchman Ish Sodhi was four not out after Peter Fulton's poor run continued when he was caught for a second ball duck while Kane Williamson was bowled for two having failed to play a shot to Kemar Roach.

    Fulton made one in the first-innings in Kingston and has accumulated just 63 runs in his 10 innings since he scored 61 in the first Test against West Indies in Dunedin last December.

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had decided not to enforce the follow on after Tim Southee wrapped up the hosts' innings for 262, leaving West Indies 246 runs behind the visitors' first innings 508 for seven declared.

    Southee and debutant off-spinner Mark Craig had proved to be the chief destroyers in West Indies innings with Southee taking 4-19 from 16.2 overs, nine of which were maidens.

    "It was nice to contribute to the team and get a couple of wickets," Craig said. "Tim bowled exceptionally well and set the standard ... and it was just nice to chip in for a couple myself."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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