Black Caps collapse in second Windies test

13:54, Jun 17 2014
Tom Latham
Tom Latham plays the ball onto the on-side during his innings of 82 on day one.
Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richard Hadlee pose with the ICC World Cup trophy before play starts in the second test.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult gets congratulated by BJ Watling after taking the wicket of Chris Gayle.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor survives an appeal for an LBW during his innings of 45 not out.
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson cuts the ball away during New Zealand's first innings.
Tim Southee
New Zealand bowler Tim Southee celebrates the dismissal of West Indies batsman Sulieman Benn on day two of the second test.
BJ Watling
New Zealand keeper BJ Watling stops the ball returned by a fielder during day two of the second test against the West Indies.
Mark Craig
New Zealand spinner Mark Craig reacts with disappointment after Kraigg Brathwaite hits him for four on day two of the second test.
Ish Sodhi
Kirk Edwards is dismissed by New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi on day two of the second test in Trinidad.
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum just misses a tough chance to dismiss Darren Bravo on day two.
Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Tom Latham look to settle things down on day three of the second cricket test against the Windies.
Kane Williamson
Tom Latham drives the ball late on day three in the second cricket test against the West Indies.
Brendon McCullum
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is trapped in front by Jerome Taylor after opening the batting in his side's second innings.
Ish Sodhi
Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi appeals for an LBW against Shivnarine Chanderpaul during the third day of action in the second test.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult sips water on a warm day in the field in Port-of-Spain.
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson cuts the ball away during his innings of 38 not out.
Mark Craig
NZ's Mark Craig glides one fine late on day four.
BJ Watling
BJ Watling flicks the ball onto the leg side on day four.
Sulieman Benn
The West Indies celebrate after Sulieman Benn took a superb reflex catch to dismiss Jimmy Neesham on day four.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor is dismissed by West Indies seamer Shanon Gabriel on day four.
Kemar Roach
West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach clebrates the prize wicket of NZ batsman Kane Williamson.

There was a distinct thud in the New Zealand dressing room as they plummeted from the lofty heights of Kingston on day one of the second cricket test against West Indies.

Totally dominant throughout their 186-run victory, to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, the Black Caps gave us a reminder of the not-too-distant past today as they collapsed to 221 all out at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Their last seven wickets tumbled for 60 in a frantic final session as paceman Jerome Taylor (4-34) did most of the damage.

Tom Latham
STEADY AT THE TOP: Tom Latham has scored his third successive test 50 on tour in the West Indies.

At stumps, West Indies were 6-1 in reply as New Zealand finished on a high with the big wicket of Chris Gayle who continued to struggle.

In an intense spell, Trent Boult generated prodigious swing and skittled Gayle for one with a gem that uprooted off stump.

With some encouraging swing on offer for Boult and Tim Southee, it was now over to an unchanged New Zealand bowling attack to haul their team back into the contest, on a Queen's Park Oval pitch offering more pace than Sabina Park. The pitch was also expected to assist the spinners later on.

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Captain Brendon McCullum could barely win a toss at home, but made it successive correct calls as he chose to bat on a patchy, green-looking surface that prompted West Indies to include an extra paceman, Shannon Gabriel, and drop spinner Shane Shillingford.

Topscorer Tom Latham (82) excepted, New Zealand's batsmen were too loose against some accurate but hardly unplayable bowling. But for some poor West Indies catching they could have been in huge strife.

Four of the top-six perished to errant wafts as the patience and discipline from their first innings 508-7 at Kingston, Jamaica, seemed to vanish in a hazy hangover.

The turning point came with McCullum's dismissal for four, soon after the tea interval, after New Zealand had been in solid shape at 120-1 thanks to a 104-run stand between Latham and Kane Williamson (42).

Left-arm spin has regularly troubled McCullum in the past and he was again today trapped on the crease, hit on the back leg by Sulieman Benn (3-73).

Umpire Rod Tucker gave it not out and the West Indies challenged, with ball tracker replays showing it hitting high on middle stump.

It took an eternity for the decision, which seemed the right one, but left McCullum muttering and shaking his head as he trudged off.

Earlier in the day it looked like more of the same as Latham made it three successive half-centuries, but the headache of his opening partners continued.

Hamish Rutherford replaced Peter Fulton in the only change from Kingston, but faced just 22 balls for three before he drove ambitiously on the up and edged to the cordon. The microscope will be on him for the rest of the series as he mirrors Fulton's struggles at test level this year.

Latham dug in for 229 minutes and survived a dropped catch from gloveman Denesh Ramdin on 58, before he replicated Rutherford's dismissal when in sight of a well-deserved maiden test century. Williamson also had a let-off, dropped by Gayle on 19, then he gave it away when skying a hook shot.

Ross Taylor survived an early one-handed drop from Kirk Edwards and rode his luck, twice edging Kemar Roach through the slips for boundaries. He ended 45 not out after making the most of his good fortune but it was a procession at the other end.

Jerome Taylor bowled fast and full, with a handy outswinger, and continued his role from Kingston as the West Indies' most threatening bowler in his first test series since 2009.

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham was eyeing three centuries in his first three tests, swaggering to the crease with an average of 99 from four innings. He started strongly, but on 15 got too ambitious to a short one from Taylor and offered Gayle a sharp chance at slip.

When the usually reliable BJ Watling was nicked out by a straight one from Taylor, the slide was on at pace.

SCOREBOARD

New Zealand

First innings

T Latham c Benn b Roach            82

H Rutherford c Gayle b Taylor        3

K Williamson c sub (Holder) b Gabriel        42

R Taylor not out                    45

B McCullum lbw Benn                  4 

J Neesham c Gayle b Taylor          15    

B Watling c Ramdin b Taylor          0    

I Sodhi c Gayle b Taylor             0  

T Southee lbw Benn                  10    

M Craig c Bravo b Gabriel            4  

T Boult lbw Benn                     1    

Extras (4b, 6lb, 3nb, 2w)            15

Total (74.4 overs)                         221

Fall: 16 (Rutherford), 120 (Williamson), 146 (Latham), 161 (McCullum), 192 (Neesham), 198 (Watling), 199 (Sodhi), 210 (Southee), 215 (Craig), 221 (Boult).

Bowling: J Taylor 17-5-34-4 (1w, 1nb), K Roach 17-1-61-1, S Gabriel 12-2-43-2 (1w, 2nb), S Benn 28.4-6-73-3.

West Indies

First innings

C Gayle b Boult                      1    

K Brathwaite not out                 5    

S Benn not out                       0    

Extras                              0

Total (for 1 wicket, 7 overs) 6

Fall: 4 (Gayle).

Bowling: T Boult 4-2-4-1, T Southee 3-1-2-0.

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