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Black Caps finish their test prep on winning note

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 11:36 05/06/2014
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Solid contributions from Ross Taylor and Mark Craig ensured New Zealand finished their test series preparations on a winning note, with a 123-run win over a Jamaica Selection XI today.

Chasing 214 to win on day three at Trelawny Stadium in Montego Bay, the locals were skittled for 90 with off-spinner Craig taking 4-8 including three wickets in one over.

Trent Boult and Kane Williamson each took a brace of wickets as New Zealand's bowlers were too good on a sub-par pitch that caused batsmen headaches throughout.

Earlier, Taylor hit an unbeaten 55 off 62 balls to lift New Zealand from a dire 62-7 in their second innings. With the match shifted to a different strip on day three after cracks saw the original pitch deemed dangerous, Taylor helped the tourists post 132-9 declared.

Coach Mike Hesson said generally the surfaces were not of good enough quality for the batsmen to gain real benefit from.

Williamson and Taylor each had some valuable time at the crease but concern remains over the top-order, with none of the opening contenders Peter Fulton, Tom Latham or Hamish Rutherford gaining any meaningful time in the middle in their final shakedown.

New Zealand now move to Kingston to prepare for the first test against West Indies, starting on Monday.

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