New Zealand staging fightback in third Test
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP):
Recalled fast bowler Neil Wagner claimed 4-64 and Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 58 as New Zealand fought their way back into the decisive third and final Test against the West Indies on day three at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Left-armer Wagner led the attack as New Zealand bowled out the West Indies for 317 on the stroke of tea, with the hosts limited to a first-innings lead of 24.
Williamson then piloted the Black Caps to 123-3 at the close, an overall lead of 99 runs with two days remaining.
Captain Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 23.
Kemar Roach took 2-30 while newcomer Jason Holder claimed his first Test wicket on his way to figures of 1-9.
Earlier, the Caribbean side slumped dramatically from its confident overnight position of 169-2 in reply to New Zealand's first-day total of 293.
Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo stretched their third-wicket partnership to 44 before Wagner struck after 45 minutes as the tourists gradually shifted the balance.
Left-hander Bravo compiled 24 with five fours before he edged an expansive drive to gully, where Kane Williamson pouched a head-high catch at 197-3.
Edwards, who completed his second successive half century, followed eight runs later as he skied Tim Southee high to mid-on where Hamish Rutherford hauled in a well-judged catch. The right-hander hit six fours and a six off 111 balls.
New Zealand 1st Innings 293
West Indies 1st Innings
(overnight 169 for two)
K. Edwards c Rutherford b Southee 58D. Bravo c Williamson b Wagner 24S. Chanderpaul c wkp Watling b Wagner 15+D. Ramdin lbw b Boult 45J. Holder c wkp Watling b Neesham38K. Roach c Watling b Boult 0S. Shillingford not out 10S. Benn b Wagner 1J. Taylor b Neesham 1Extras (b2, lb4, w7, nb2) 15Total (all out, 97.1 overs) 317
Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-153,, 3-197, 4-205, 5-240, 6-277, 7-277, 8-313, 9-316, 10-317.
Bowling: Boult 23-5-71-2 (w1, nb1), Southee 21-8-63-1 (w1), Craig 18-2-90-1 (nb1), Wagner 27-7-64-4 (w2), Williamson 2-0-11-0 (w1), Neesham 6.1-1-12-2.
New Zealand 2nd Innings
T. Latham c Shillingford b Roach 0H. Rutherford c wkp Ramdin b Roach 19K. Williamson not out 58R. Taylor c Bravo b Holder 6B. McCullum not out 23Extras (b12, w5) 17Total (3 wkts, 34.0 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-56, 3-68
Bowling: Taylor 6-3-17-0, Roach 7-0-30-2 (w1), Benn 13-0-44-0, Holder 5-2-9-1, Shillingford 3-2-11-0.
Position: New Zealand lead by 99 runs with seven wickets intact.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth; TV - Rod Tucker.