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Windies halt New Zealand’s progress

North Sound, Antigua – Spinner Sunil Narine claimed 4-93 and pacer Kemar Roach took 2-55 as New Zealand were stifled by disciplined West Indies bowling to reach 287-7 at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test.

The Black Caps, overnight 232-4, ground out 55 runs for the loss of three wickets off 28 overs in a slow-scoring morning session at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Spinner Sunil Narine, centre, claimed 4-93 as New Zealand were stifled by disciplined West Indies bowling to reach 287-7 at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test. Credit: AP

Narine, who led the hosts with three wickets on day one, added his fourth in Thursday's third over when nightwatchman Neil Wagner (4) sparred a turning, bouncing off-break into the hands of Darren Sammy at gully at 233-5.

But Kane Williamson and Dean Brownlie shared a stand of 40 for the sixth wicket to rebuild the innings.

Williamson eventually fell to the second new ball, deflecting Roach back onto his stumps from a leaden-footed defensive stroke. He scored 19 off 69 balls with two fours.

Roach should have added the wicket of Kruger van Wyk off the next ball but umpire Richard Kettleborough failed to pick up a gloved leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. West Indies could not challenge the decision after using up their two failed reviews on day one.

Brownlie compiled 23 off 66 balls, with three boundaries, before he drove at Ravi Rampaul and edged through to Ramdin to further dent New Zealand at 281-7.

Van Wyk, the pint-sized wicketkeeper, had a torrid time against the fired-up Roach but survived to the break on 6 not out.

Former captain Daniel Vettori, in his New Zealand-record 112th test, was unbeaten on 1.

Rampaul took 1-44. – Sapa-AP

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