Jamaica Select XI v New Zealanders, Greenfields May 31, 2014

Wagner, Craig impress in low-scoring draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealanders 112 for 6 dec (Latham 33, Gavon Brown 2-15) and 210 for 6 (Watling 50, Ronchi 41*, Odean Brown 3-56) drew with Jamaica Select XI 170 for 9 dec (Kennar Lewis 40, Wagner 5-38, Craig 3-17)

A five-wicket haul from Neil Wagner and three wickets from Mark Craig were the New Zealanders' biggest gains from a drawn, low-scoring tour game against Jamaica Select XI at Trelawny Stadium.

Having chosen to bat, the New Zealanders declared after batting for just 53 overs, having lost six wickets in that time. Tom Latham top-scored with a 69-ball 33, but none of the batsmen spent a serious length of time at the crease, with each of the five bowlers used by Jamaica Select XI picking up at least a wicket.

After that early close to their innings, the New Zealanders reduced the home side to 94 for 5 by the end of the day's play. Offspinner Craig, a new face in the touring party, picked up three of the five wickets and left-arm seamer Wagner the other two.

Wagner struck early on the second day, bowling wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas without a run added to Jamaica Select XI's overnight total, and he took two more wickets before the home side declared on 170 for nine. Kennar Lewis, their No. 3, top-scored with 40, while Fabian Allen struck four fours in a 34-ball 31 down the order.

The New Zealanders got a bit more batting practice in their second innings, with all seven of their batsmen getting into double figures as they finished the match on 210 for six. None of them really kicked on, though. Peter Fulton made 30 before he became one of legspinner Odean Brown's three victims; BJ Watling scored exactly 50, off 92 balls; and Luke Ronchi finished unbeaten on an 81-ball 41, having struck five fours and a six.