• New Zealand beat West Indies by 66 runs

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC — New Zealand defeated West Indies by 66 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method, in the rain-affected third One-Day International at Hagley Oval here on Monday.

    The game was reduced to 23 overs per side because of rain. I

    Scores:

    NEW ZEALAND 131 for four off 23 overs (Ross Taylor 47 not out, Tom Latham 37, Colin Munro 21; Sheldon Cottrell 2-19)

    WEST INDIES 99 for nine off 23 overs (Jason Holder 34, Nikita Miller 20 not out; Mitchell Santner 3-15, Trent Boult 3-28, Matt Henry 2-18)

  • Batting collapses as Windies go down in 2nd ODI

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC – Scoreboard from the second One-day International between New Zealand and West Indies on Saturday at Hagley Oval:

    NEW ZEALAND

    G Worker c Powell b Beaton 58

    C Munro c Mohammed b Cottrell 30

    N Broom c Holder b Cottrell 6

    R Taylor c wkpr S Hope b Holder 57

    *+T Latham c wkpr S Hope b Holder 20

    H Nicholls not out 83

    T Astle b Cottrell 49

    D Bracewell not out 5

    Extras (lb3, w14) 17

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 325

    M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult did not bat

    Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Munro, 6.5 overs); 2-66 (Broom, 10.4); 3-124 (Worker, 18.6); 4-169 (Latham, 30.1); 5-186 (Taylor, 32.6); 6-316 (Astle, 49.2)

    Bowling: Cottrell 10-0-62-3 (w2); Holder 10-0-52-2 (w1); Beaton 8-0-60-1 (w3); Gabriel 10-0-75-0 (w3); Nurse 10-0-45-0 (w4); Powell 2-0-28-0 (w1)

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis c Bracewell b Boult 10

    K Hope b Boult 4

    +S Hope c Latham b Boult 23

    S Hetmyer c Worker b Boult 2

    J Mohammed c and b Ferguson 18

    *J Holder c Munro b Ferguson 13

    R Powell b Ferguson 0

    A Nurse c Worker b Boult 27

    S Cottrell c Latham b Boult 8

    R Beaton not out 12

    S Gabriel b Boult 0

    Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4

    TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 121

    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (K Hope, 1.6 overs); 2-15 (Lewis, 3.3); 3-21 (Hetmyer, 5.1); 4-52 (S Hope, 9.5); 5-70 (Mohammed, 15.3); 6-70 (Powell, 15.4); 7-86 (Holder, 17.6); 8-100 (Cottrell, 21.3); 9-121 (Nurse, 27.4)

    Bowling: Henry 7-0-36-0; Boult 10-3-34-7; Bracewell 5-0-19-0 (w2); Ferguson 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Astle 2-0-14-0

    Result: New Zealand won by 204 runs

    Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0

    Player-of-the-Match: T Boult (New Zealand)

    Umpires: W Knight, B Oxenford (Australia)

    TV umpire: C Shamshuddin (India)

    Match referee: A Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

    Reserve umpire: C Brown (New Zealand)

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  • Windies chasing series after opening defeat

    WHANGAREI, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies were left to chase their three-match series against New Zealand after unconvincing batting, coupled with a subdued bowling effort, left them with a five-wicket defeat in the opening One-Day International here Wednesday.

    Sent in at Cobham Oval, West Indies got contrasting half-centuries from opener Evin Lewis who top-scored with 76 off 100 deliveries and Rovman Powell, who struck 59 off 50 balls down the order.

    Debutant 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (29) and Chris Gayle (22) got starts but failed to convert, leaving the Caribbean side well short of a competitive total at 248 for nine off their 50 overs.

    Seamer Doug Bracewell shone on his return to the host side, picking up four for 55 while debutant leg-spinner Todd Astle claimed three for 33 and speedster Lockie Ferguson, two for 49.

    With the pressure immediately on the Windies bowlers, they proved loose early on, allowing opener George Worker to post a career-best 57 while Ross Taylor stroked an unbeaten 49 and Colin Munro, 49.

    Captain Kane Williamson chimed in with 38, as the Black Caps eased to victory with 24 balls remaining.

    Skipper Jason Holder (2-52) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (2-55) ended with two wickets apiece.

    Lewis and Gayle had earlier handed the Windies a solid start, posting 40 for the first wicket before wickets tumbled in clusters.

    The left-handed Gayle started slowly but threatened to to explode when he clobbered three fours and a giant six – the latter a clean blow down the ground off seamer Tim Southee.

    But Gayle nibbled at one from Bracewell at the start of the 10th and was caught at the wicket and Shai Hope followed off the next legitimate delivery, given out caught behind off the inside edge, though subsequent DRS replays yielded little conclusive evidence of an edge.

    Lewis, who counted seven fours and a six in his knock, then put on 62 with left-hander Hetmyer to prop up the innings, with both playing freely before another collapse ensued.

    Hetmyer holed out to long off in the 24th over off Astle, triggering a slide that saw the Caribbean side lose three wickets for 31 runs to slip to 134 for five in the 31st over.

    Lewis, who posted his first ODI half-century off 77 balls in the 28th over, revived the innings as he paired with Powell to add a further 43 for the sixth wicket.

    Seemingly cruising towards a third hundred, Lewis was the victim of a poor decision when he was adjudged lbw in the 36th over after missing a sweep at a googly from Astle, with replays showing the ball clearly missing off-stump.

    His was one of three wickets to tumble for 24 runs, leaving the Windies tottering on 201 for eight but the right-handed Powell, who blasted two fours and four sixes, ensured a rollocking end to the innings as he put on 45 for the ninth with Kesrick Williams (16 not out).

    New Zealand were gifted easy runs early on in their run chase as the Windies seamers found themselves either too full or short, allowing Worker and Munro to dominate in a 108-run opening stand.

    Worker struck eight fours in a 66-ball knock while Munro also crunched eight fours in his 36-ball stay at the crease.

    Pacer Williams got the breakthrough when the left-handed Munro drove a simple catch to Nurse at short cover in the 17th over, and Worker followed in the next over when he was bowled by Nurse trying to cut one too close to him.

    On 118 for two, the Black Caps were steadied by a 57-run, third wicket stand between Taylor and Williamson which put the hosts in sight of victory.

    Taylor faced 76 balls and counted only two fours in a composed knock while Williamson was more expansive, striking five boundaries off 45 balls.

    When Williamson played on to Holder in the 32nd over, Taylor remained solid to add 26 for the fourth with Tom Latham (17) and 29 for the fifth with Henry Nicholls (17) to see New Zealand to a 1-0 lead in the series.

    The second ODI will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.

  • CWI reports three consecutive years of surplus

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Cricket West Indies is reporting three consecutive years of surplus following its achievement of the target set for the financial year (2016 to 2017) which ended, September 30.

    President, Dave Cameron remains optimistic that “the policies in place and the newly formulated strategic plan will continue to keep the organization’s financial management efficient, even as we look ahead to what could be considered a difficult year ahead up to September 2018.”

    The Board of Directors, at its last quarterly meeting for 2017, held in Nevis, December 2 – 3, has accepted the recommendations for the five-year strategic plan which seeks to:

    • Produce world class players and winning teams
    • Unlock the full potential of the Windies brand
    • Achieve equity of opportunities throughout the sport in the region
    • Increase the number of Caribbean people involved in the playing of the sport

    The focus of the five-year plan has been informed by a series of stakeholder consultations with the policy and operational teams which examined both the internal and external environments of the organization.

    CRICKET

    As early as January, the organization will make a series of key announcements regarding new player contracts, a player registration system, venues for the region’s hosting of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship and the push towards the strengthening of the regional competitions in all formats.

    The next quarterly meeting for the Board of Directors is due in March 2018.

  • Volcanoes, Pride win – 4th day, 7th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Windward Islands Volcanoes and Barbados Pride logged comfortable wins to ensure all three matches in the Digicel 4-Day Championship ended with outright results and they got a timely boost ahead of the long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. 


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    Windies “A” Team all-rounder Kyle Mayers completed a memorable spell to bowl Volcanoes to a 119-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions on the final day of their seventh-round match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, to post their first win of the season.

    And, the spin bowling trio of Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh, Jr and Kenroy Williams swept Pride to a 207-run victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.


    Volcanoes (226-9 dec & 283) beat Scorpions (112-9 dec & 279) by 119 runs in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia 

    Mayers collected two of the last three Scorpions wickets to end with 5-92 from 23 overs, as the Volcanoes needed just over an hour to complete victory.

    Fabien Allen hit 42 and Odean Smith made 41, sharing 54 for the ninth wicket to frustrate the Volcanoes, but once the pair were separated, the last two wickets fell in successive overs.

    Veteran Volcanoes left-hander Devon Smith was named Player-of-the-Match for his hundreds in each innings which have carried his aggregate to a season-leading 873.


    Pride (316 & 221-7 dec) beat Red Force (214 & 116) by 207 runs in Tarouba, Trinidad 

    Test left-arm spinner Warrican was the most impactful, grabbing 3-13 from 12 overs to finish with match figures of 9-84 to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, as the Red Force, chasing 324 for victory, were bowled out just before tea.

    Leg-spinner Walsh took 3-41 from 14 overs, and Williams bagged 3-46 from 21.5 overs and had the privilege of formalising the result when he had Bryan Charles caught at slip for 13.

    Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin made 24 and was the only batsman on his to pass 20.

    Earlier, Pride added 33 to their overnight total at a little under a run-a-ball before they declared their second innings.

    Neither overnight batsman was dismissed – West Indies 2016 Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer finished with the top score of an unbeaten 51 from his overnight 38 and wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud, who resumed on eight, remained not out on 26.

  • Windies announce changes to ODI/T20I squads

    JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced changes to the Windies squads for the three-match One-Day International series and the three-match T20 International series on the Tour of New Zealand. These changes are due to injuries and unavailability.

    ODI SQUAD

    Sunil Ambris ruled out with a fractured left arm. Will be replaced by Shimron Hetmyer

    Alzarri Joseph ruled out with a back injury. Will be replaced by Sheldon Cottrell

    Marlon Samuels ruled out with an injury to his right ring finger. Will be replaced by Chadwick Walton

    T20 SQUAD

    Samuels will be replaced by Shai Hope

    Sunil Narine unavailable due to personal reasons. Will be replaced by Ashley Nurse

    ODI SQUAD

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Jason Mohammed (vice captain)
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Sheldon Cotterell
    5. Chris Gayle
    6. Shimron Hetmyer
    7. Kyle Hope
    8. Shai Hope
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Nikita Miller
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Rovman Powell
    13. Shannon Gabriel
    14. Chadwick Walton
    15. Kesrick Williams

     

    T20 SQUAD

    1. Carlos Brathwaite (captain)
    2. Samuel Badree
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Rayad Emrit
    5. Andre Fletcher
    6. Chris Gayle
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Jason Mohammed
    9. Ashley Nurse
    10. Kieron Pollard
    11. Rovman Powell
    12. Jerome Taylor
    13. Chadwick Walton
    14. Kesrick Williams
  • Permaul follows up Bramble to put Jaguars in charge – 2nd day, 7th round

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A destructive spell from Veerasammy Permaul followed up more epic batting from Anthony Bramble to tighten the Guyana Jaguars’ grip on their match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.


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    on the Cricket West Indies website and click the “DOMESTIC” tab:

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     Devon Smith was eyeing another Windies first-class batting record after fast-medium bowlers Shermon Lewis and Kyle Mayers bowled Windward Islands Volcanoes into a superior position against Jamaica Scorpions on the second day of seventh round matches at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

    And, a brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling from Jomel Warrican topped a defiant half-century from Denesh Ramdin to give Barbados Pride the upper hand over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.


    Jaguars (417) vs Hurricanes (114-9) in Providence, Guyana 

    The pint-sized Permaul – the most successful bowler this season – grabbed 6-21 from 12 miserly overs to wreck the Hurricanes batting.

    Only two batsmen reached 20 – Shane Burton and Devon Thomas – but it was token resistance only, as the Jaguars fortified their bid take the long break for the holidays after the match with a virtually unassailable lead.

    Earlier, Bramble came close to turning his maiden hundred into a double-hundred, but he ran out of partners down the stretch.

    Bramble finished undefeated on 196 that included 23 fours and five sixes from 292 balls in a near 7 ½ hours stay at the crease.

    After he and Permaul carried the Jaguars past 300 with a ninth-wicket stand of 44, Bramble got together with Gudakesh Motie and further frustrated the Hurricanes with a record 110-run, last-wicket stand that carried the home team’s innings past the lunch interval.

    Hurricanes’ captain Rahkeem Cornwall ended with 3-117 from 30 overs with his off-spin and fast-medium bowler Mervin Matthews finished with 2-31 from 22 overs.


    Volcanoes (226-9 dec) & 142-3 vs Scorpions (112-9 dec) in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia 

    Smith was unbeaten on 75 – eyeing his second hundred of the match, following his undefeated 107 in the first innings. If he completes the feat, he will become the first batsman to achieve the milestone twice in the modern era (1966 onwards) of the Windies first-class championship.

    Again, Smith remained unflappable throughout his 137-ball innings which included six fours, as the rest of the top-order batting once failed to give stable support.

    Earlier, Mayers ended with 4-32 from 12 overs and Lewis finished with 4-36 from 12.3 overs, as Scorpions, resuming from 33 without loss, lost wickets steadily throughout the first session of the day.

    Only two players made more than 20 for the Scorpions – left-handed opener John Campbell and fast bowler Derval Green – before the visitors made a tactical declaration, like their opponents the previous day, to take advantage of the discomfort batsmen typically encounter facing up to a new pink ball under the lights which failed to materialise.


    Pride (316) vs Red Force 145-8 in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Warrican grabbed 6-52 from 30 overs, but Ramdin, the Red Force batting, was carrying the fight for his side to remain competitive in the match with an unbeaten 74.

    Left-hander opener Jeremy Solozano made 41, sharing 56 for the fourth wicket with Ramdin, and was the only other Red Force batsman to pass 20, after the hosts wrapped up the Pride’s first innings about 40 minutes before lunch.

    Solozano and fellow left-handed opener Amir Jangoo gave Red Force a balanced start, reached 37 without loss before Warrican grabbed three wickets in 21 balls to put the hosts in a spin.

    Red Force were 39 for three when Ramdin arrived and with Solozano stabilised the innings before Warrican triggered another slide that saw the home team lose five wickets for 72 runs in the final session.

    Pride, starting the day on 267 for five, lost their last five wickets for 38 in less than 100 balls with club-mates Kevin Stoute adding just two to his overnight 29 and Justin Greaves gathering a handy 30.

    They were dismissed before the Pride reached the 300 mark, but Hayden Walsh, Jr joined West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer and carried them past 300 to earn a third batting point before veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan bowled him and Warrican off successive balls to bring the curtain down on the innings.

    Khan was the most successful Red Force bowler with 4-81 from 41.2 overs, left-arm fast medium bowler Daniel St Clair ended with 3-73 from 21 overs and off-spinner Bryan Charles finished with 2-58 from 20 overs.

  • Keen rivalry expected in final round ahead of holiday break

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – There is a great incentive for all six teams to finish the second stage of the Digicel 4-Day Championship season on a successful note before the long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, when they suit-up for the seventh round of matches, starting tomorrow.


    • For “live” scores and webcasts of the matches, visit the Match Centre

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    It’s free! It’s available for iPhone and Android devices.


    For the first time this season, no team won a match in the previous round which was highlighted by an historic, first-ever tie in the 152-year history of the West Indies first-class championship between Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes.

    Against this backdrop, the teams, especially those closest to the current table leaders and reigning three-time champions Jaguars, will be looking for a big haul of points in a bid to keep the race for the Headley/Weekes Trophy ignited.


    Guyana Jaguars vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Providence, Guyana

    Set back by the tied game, Jaguars will enter this contest with caution. In the last two seasons, the Hurricanes seem to be the only side that has the formula to topple them.

    Prior to last weekend’s tied game, Hurricanes were the only side to have avoided defeat against the Jaguars this season – and this followed a sweep of their contests last season – including a stunning victory at the venue for this week’s match which had previously been a fortress for the hosts.

    There is cause for optimism for Jaguars and some pessimism for the Hurricanes, as the visitors have lost two of their last three matches this season, so there may be a crisis of confidence on their part.

    This may be enough for the Jaguars to exploit and take a giant leap to ensuring they cannot be denied securing their fourth straight title, but the Hurricanes proved in their last match that they can be quite unpredictable coming with 26 runs of victory in what looked a highly improbable, if not impossible chase.

    To add a wrinkle to the contest, the match is being played under lights, which presents its own set of challenges.

    Squads:

    JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

    Unchanged

    HURRICANES (from) ­– Rahkeem Cornwall (captain), Sheeno Berridge, Nkrumah Bonner, Shane Burton, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Mervin Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Terence Warde

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Shannon Crawford, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath (Trinidad & Tobago)

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Imran Moakan


    Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground in Tarouba, Trinidad

    Red Force will be hoping that it will be third time fortunate at this venue, where they face the Pride in the renewal of one of Caribbean sports’ most fierce rivalries.

    In their previous two matches at this newly-inaugurated venue, Red Force have had to settle for a draw followed by a heavy defeat.

    But they will hope that the same pitch conditions which prevailed in those matches continue, as they typically don’t favour their rivals and this could be the springboard for their first taste of success at this ground.

    Red Force enter the match feeling battered however, following their great escape last weekend in Kingston, thanks mainly to the weather, after they conceded the highest total of the season – and they will also want to erase from their collective memories that the previous highest total this season they also conceded – at this venue.

    Pride have had an up-and-down season, due to a number of largely inexperienced players forming the core of their side, and they too, may have some apprehensions following the tense finish to their previous match.

    When the two sides met in the first leg of the tournament in Bridgetown, the Pride got the edge over the Red Force in a drawn match, but they will be hoping to defy the conditions and grab a timely boost of points and confidence.

    Squads:

    RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Bryan Charles, Akiel Cooper, Ricky Jaipaul, Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Ewart Nicholson, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Isaiah Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

    IN–Cooper, Jaipaul, Phillip, OUT–Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Tion Webster

    PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams

    Unchanged

    UMPIRES: Zahid Bassarath, Verdayne Smith (Jamaica)

    MATCH REFEREE: Hayden Bruce

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Kellman Kowlessar


    Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Jamaica Scorpions at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia

    Both teams will enter this match high in confidence following their performances in the previous round, after Volcanoes played hard to earn that historic tie, and for once, the batting of the Scorpions clicked so that they could post the highest total of the season.

    Both teams will be looking to carry the momentum they gained from their respective performances into this match, as things have been tough this season for the Volcanoes, having lost four of their six matches, but the Scorpions have sprung to life in their last three matches following a slow start to the season.

    It was a 10-wicket victory on home soil that sparked this revival of the Scorpions and completing the season sweep of their rivals will be something heading into the break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays.

    Squads:

    VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Kenneth Dember, Kirk Edwards, Donwell Hector, Delorn Johnson, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Dennis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

    IN-Edwards, Thomas, OUT-Audy Alexander, Taryck Gabriel

    SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Fabian Allen, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Reynard Leveridge, Odean Smith, Aldaine Thomas, Oraine Williams

    IN–Lamont, OUT– Thomas

    UMPIRES: Deighton Butler, Leslie Reifer, Jr (Barbados)

    MATCH REFEREE: Patrick Felix

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Ericson Degallerie

  • Windies suffer clean sweep after batting buckles

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, CMC – West Indies suffered a 2-0 clean sweep here Tuesday after New Zealand needed just two sessions to wreck the remainder of the Caribbean side’s innings and inflict a punishing 240-run defeat in the second Test at Seddon Park.

    Resuming the penultimate day on 30 for two in pursuit of a world record 444 for victory, the Windies lost their last eight wickets for 173 runs, to be dismissed for 203 at the scheduled tea break.

    The defeat followed on the heels of the innings and 67-run loss in the opening Test in Wellington, which also ended inside four days, and extended the Windies’ unenviable streak of having not won a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

    Captain Kraigg Brathwaite said afterwards the Windies batting plan for the second innings never took shape.

    “Individuals have different styles but the key was to take it over by over, session by session,” Brathwaite said. “Obviously it didn’t work out that way.

    “[The message was] don’t think much about the 444 but take it over by over – unfortunately we didn’t do it.”

    Roston Chase top-scored with 64 and tail-ender Kemar Roach entertained with 32, while Raymon Reifer resisted for 29, but none of the key batsmen stayed around long enough to turn the game into a real contest.

    Their misery was compounded by the loss of Sunil Ambris who was forced to retire hurt on five with a broken arm, after being struck by a short ball from the aggressive left-arm pacer Neil Wagner.

    Wagner claimed three for 42 while fellow seamers Trent Boult (2-52) and Tim Southee (2-71), along with left-arm spinner while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-13), all ended with two wickets each.

    The signs were there from the first session when West Indies lost opener Brathwaite for 20, Shai Hope for 23 and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich without scoring, to tumble to 106 for five at lunch.

    Brathwaite, resuming on 13, was first to fall in the sixth over of the morning when his firm cut was taken at gully by captain Kane Williamson, to give Boult his 200th Test wicket.

    Hope played a couple of beautiful drives but followed on the stroke of the first hour, caught at long leg hooking at Wagner, and Dowrich lasted just two balls before fending a short one from Wagner to short leg.

    In free fall at the interval, the Windies found renewed hope in Chase and Reifer as they added 78 for the sixth wicket, to keep the Black Caps without success for the next hour.

    Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours in just under three hours at the crease while Reifer stroked five boundaries in an innings lasting a shade over 2-1/2 hours and 109 deliveries.

    The right-handed Chase appeared completely at ease until seemingly losing concentration in the second over following the drinks break, and falling to catch at deep backward square off an ill-advised hook at Wagner.

    Reifer departed four overs later, brilliantly caught at gully by Williamson sparring at a wide ball from Southee, as the Black Caps closed in for the kill.

    Roach then smashed a four and a six in a 44-ball cameo as he put on 37 for the eighth wicket with Miguel Cummins (9) but it was a partnership which only served to delay the inevitable.