Jamaica Select XI v New Zealanders, Greenfields, 1st day June 3, 2014

Jacobs four-for keeps New Zealanders to 203

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New Zealanders 203 for 9 dec (Williamson 47, Jacobs 4-69) v Jamaica Select XI

Damion Jacobs, the Jamaica Select XI legspinner, enforced a rocky start to New Zealanders by claiming 4 for 69 on the first day of the second tour match in Greenfields. Kane Williamson posed the only sustained resistance with 47 off 77 balls, but his exit followed by the middle-order's failure contributed to the tourists declaring at 203 for 9.

Early wickets buoyed Jamaica Select XI as pacer Christopher Powell dismissed both openers. Williamson fixed the wobble and his fluency promised much. Six fours were part of his innings and his partnership with captain Ross Taylor for the third wicket was a shade away from 50 when he nicked off. Jacobs assisted in claiming three further wickets for 19 runs as New Zealanders crashed to 125 for 6.

BJ Watling and James Neesham attempted a lower-order rally. They gained useful support from No.11 Ish Sodhi, who struck three fours and a six in a 27-ball 21, but it was only enough to nudge the score past 200, after which Taylor signaled the declaration.

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  • paul on June 3, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Nice to see Taylor back in charge...finally some common sense has prevailed.

    @Blake...don't think it is respect...I just think Hesson has grown some legs and is wearing his own shoes instead of being guided by others...good sign for him.

    Williamson needs another couple of years to grow as a batsman before he takes the next step...as far as McCullum goes ...I feel the last couple of weeks might have taken its toll on him and really for him to rock up to a test match with all the travel he has had over the last few weeks and with the spot light that has been bought upon him might just be one trip to many....might need a break. And you couldn't pick Fulton to lead....

  • chris on June 3, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Is Fulton the first ever player selected in an International touring team as a specialist slips catcher? Surely it cannot be for his batting over the past 16 months.

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    If you're going to select Fulton you may as well bat him at 11.

  • Blake on June 3, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Thought I saw Fulton at the toss, but on the scorecard it says Taylor was captain. Good to see Taylor getting some respect at last. No point pretending he isn't a good leader when McCullum is not there, like they did in Bangladesh recently when Mills captained the side in McCullum's absence.

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