Black Caps' seamers star

NZ Newswire Updated August 4, 2012, 3:51 pm

A shrewd, well-executed bowling plan has left the Black Caps well-placed with a 110-run lead at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Test against the West Indies in Kingston.

New Zealand's batsmen had struggled on Friday, all out for 260 after the West Indies won the toss, but the Black Caps' seamers bowled with accuracy and discipline to leave the home team floundering after they resumed on 11 without loss on Saturday (NZT).

Only Marlon Samuels shone, his 123 off 169 balls including 15 fours and four sixes as the Windies were bowled out for 209.

Martin Guptill and BJ Watling built a solid second innings start for New Zealand before both were trapped in front by Narsingh Deonarine as the day's play drew to a close.

Brendon McCullum and nightwatchman Neil Wagner saw the Black Caps through to stumps, and New Zealand will resume on the third day at 59-2.

Rookie bowler Trent Boult played an important role in picking up 3-58, including the key wicket of Kieron Powell for 10.

He says thorough preparation leading into the second Test, after the West Indies won the first by nine wickets, was key to Saturday's improved bowling effort.

"We did a bit of scouting coming into the game and that was it - beat up the wicket around third or fourth stump," he said.

"The guys knew their roles and they fulfilled them. The plan was to use the shorter ball, try and get the corner of the crease and then look to hit that wicket around the fourth stump area."

Honours were shared among the four seamers: Doug Bracewell picked up 3-46 while Wagner was miserly with 2-24 off 10 overs and Tim Southee managed 2-70.

Boult says the Black Caps were focused on a strong start, and used the new ball well.

"The luxury of four quicks seems to work well... There was good pressure, bouncers were used well and the same with good heavy lengths. I think that's what created most of the indecision."

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  1. il Duce06:00pm Saturday 04th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yes pat..he never gives any team he doesn't like any kudos. The Crusaders lost...much to his disappointment and contrary to his predictions..and he's such a yellow belly , he hasn't returned to the rugby pages since.!! Soffcoc!

  2. pat11:36am Saturday 04th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    mmmmmm, tom tom the village idiot too busy gnashing his teeth to make a comment here?


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