Jamaica Select XI v New Zealanders, 3rd day, Jamaica June 5, 2014

Craig stakes claim with four-wicket haul

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New Zealanders 203 for 9 dec (Williamson 47, Jacobs 4-69) and 132 for 9 dec (Taylor 55*, Green 5-41) beat Jamaica Select XI 122 for 9 dec (Lewis 30, Sodhi 5-35) and 90 (Palmer 52, Craig 4-8) by 123 runs

New Zealanders bowled Jamaica Select XI out for 90 in just 32.5 overs to wrap up a 123-run win in their final warm-up game at the Trelawny Stadium. They must have wished, however, that the match had gone on longer than it did, considering the lengths they went to get in more practice for their bowlers ahead of the first Test, which starts on Sunday.

When Select XI lost their eighth wicket with their score at 43, their opening batsman Horace Miller walked in to bat for a second time in the innings. When they lost Miller 7.4 overs later, he was replaced by his opening partner John Campbell, also batting a second time. And after Select XI were bowled out, New Zealanders continued bowling to their batsmen, till the scheduled 5.00pm finish.

The day began with the umpires deciding that the pitch used for the first two days was too dangerous to continue playing on. The new pitch was too damp for play to begin immediately, however, and the start was delayed by 40 minutes.

Resuming on 65 for 7 in their second innings, New Zealanders went on to declare on a score of 132 for 9, with Ross Taylor, who batted at No. 8, unbeaten on 55 off 62 balls. Medium-pacer Derval Green took both the wickets that fell in the morning to finish with figures of five for 41.

Set 214 to win, Select XI got off to a disastrous start, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee reducing them to 3 for 3 inside seven overs. Offspinner Mark Craig then struck three times in the same over to have them 20 for 6. There was no recovery after that, even though Paul Palmer, Select XI's captain, went on to score 52 off 67 balls. Craig finished with four wickets in the innings and five in the match, to go with three in New Zealanders' one innings of bowling in the first tour game and stake a claim for a Test debut in Kingston.

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  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    No Neesham eh SameOld? 127 runs and a test victory later.... sigh..... You're a good comments man no doubt.. but everything is relative 8-) My team effectively was bang on! They just brought in Craig and Neesham BOTH once Anderson was injured.... so, in a sense, if Anderson was fit he may have played in YOURS and the NUMBER ONE Black Caps line-up instead of Neesham - but BOTH were in mine. So Neesham's match-winning knock and Craig's MOTM bowling would both have come to the fore and happened in MY test line-up. You left out Neesham and had one of Fulton/Rutherford instead... that you tried to add explanation to this shortsightedness, only made it funnier. And now they are trying to work out how to have both Neesham and Corey in the 1st XI, when I already answered the riddle. Open with Corey or Baz and you have your best XI for WI tour. In this sense, I am a whole test ahead of even Hesson. Ah well, you'll catch up too SameOld.. You'll be like kiwicricketnut and I one day still 8-) lolz

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Boult and Southee are our best quicks, no question about that, Craig and Sodhi have to play as our spinners, Fulton days are over, how many chances do you have to have? Stick with Rutherford he is young, we don't want to go down that track when his father played in the West Indies. My team for the 1st test, Rutherford, Latham, Williamsom, Taylor, McCullum, Waitling, Anderson, Craig, Ronchi, Southee and Boult. It's is so great to see that NZ cricket have let the Young players develop into the side.

  • Tony on June 6, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Even though bowling was great, I would still be disappointed at the NZ batting albeit Taylor's performance. However, I am not strongly optimistic about a series victory for the NZ given that there is a possibility of Sunil Narine to return. Apart from B McCullim, spin has been a cause of concern for all the batsmen in the. New Zealand cricket team. Granted, that the test championships are quite far away, both the teams need to qualify and improve their test ability. West Indies too has a rough time, apart from Chanderpaul,Bravo, Gayle and Narine, there is not anyone else who they would call a match winner. Now that Sammy is gone, Pollard not being a Test player; WI advantage of all rounders is waived and solely dependant on Bravo. Sarwan and Darren Bravo are to be in good form in order for them build up their middle order form Ramdin. Lastly, WI and NZ are the 2 teams who need to really pull up their socks in order for them to qualify for England. Likely candidates:- Aus, SA,Ind Eng

  • Jordan on June 6, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    POST 2.

    MY TEAM:

    Latham, Ronchi, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum, Anderson, Watling, Sodhi, Southee, Boult, Craig/Wagner

    Imo Rutherford and Fulton have been terrible to say the least. Ronchi has been one of the better batsman in the warm-up matches but Watling has been the best ;) SO the only place to fit him in is as opener.

    I respect the stance of putting Neesh up, but he has been in pretty bad batting form (compared to Ronchi) and i feel Ronchi has the experience to grind out and bat for time.

    I know ronchi failed opening in limited overs because (lets be honest) He couldn't see the ball swing. But Fulton is arguably worse and i can't see Rutherford scoring over 30.

    Neesham could be a better option, but i'd rather put my cash on Ronchi who was a standout in the ODI team, showed he is a somewhat mature batsman.

    So thanks for reading my posts :)


  • Jordan on June 6, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Im torn.........

    I know I said Craig would only be there as a compliment to Sodhi but...

    IF there is another minefield like the 2 practice game's I'd almost think it a good idea to play with 5 specialist bowlers. But realistically it's a choice between Wagner, Craig and Neesham. I enjoy the talk of opening with Neesh but it's not going to happen, especially because he hasn't exactly blown us away with amazing scores over the 2 practice matches.

    Wagner is tireless and seems to pick up wickets at crucial times, BUT craig has shown he can be a massive threat on spinning tracks. BUT (2nd but) it has been proven the NZ attack can look gutless in the middle overs when we are playing with 2 spinners.

    For the guy who said dump Boult or Southee, no.. Just no.

    Has it been mentioned both boult and southee average in the 50's when bowling without the other, but low 20's together? They are a team and their bowling goes perfectly TOGETHER.

    My team will be in my next post ;)

  • Beau on June 6, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I think Fulton will probably get another chance, although I'd rather Latham. No way KW or Neesham will open, that's just crazy talk. More likely Baz will go back to the top (and that is NOT likely). Rutherford... Well, Rutherford will play, for better or worse, so no point speculating.

    My team would be: Rutherford, Latham, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum, Anderson, Watling, Southee, Sodhi, Wagner, Boult.

    I'd love to see Neesham in the side, but Wagner is bowling tons of overs, executing Baz's plans really well, and is a great foil for Tim & Trent (who can be great, but both blow a little hot and cold at times). Neesham isn't even close to being in the same league as a bowler. His best chance to play is a batsman or Anderson losing fitness or form. Until then, he waits.

    No room for Craig either, unless he's preferred over Sodhi (doubt it). I don't care if they're playing in sandpit, NZ has seamers for weeks right now. Playing two spinners makes no sense.

  • jared on June 6, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @ sam_m234324, i like wagner, he's a hearty bowler really in the batsmans face with his aggression and never seems to tire but i think his skills with the old ball are a bit of a myth, people say he can reverse the old ball especially on abbrasive wickets like the ones in the windies but im yet to see him do this, he gets far less swing than boult or southee and i've never seen him reverse it once, another thing that dissapointed me was how quick everyone said he was but in reality is slower than all the other quicks even neesham is quicker and anderson would be on par with him, he's done a fine job as the third seamer but is still miles behind southee and boult so if craig plays its definately wagner who has to miss out and will be up to sohdi and craig to apply the pressure with the old ball.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    And @roadrunner440 - Only an idiot would drop Wagner or Neesham from the Indian series. What if you had 'sacrificed' Neesham versus India? We would have lost that test and Baz would never have got 300. Be careful what you wish for and spare us your 'knowledge'? It is a misnomer.

  • Android on June 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    @StevieS Oh please, it happens to be my real name and nowhere in my profile does it state I'm former Black cap. If you will please check it out, it'll be a relief for me. Thanks

    cricinfo please publish.

  • Joshua on June 5, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    If NZ wanted to practice the Sagicor High Performance Team would have been a way better challenge. Their middle order is quite formidable with 4 players (Blackwood, Ambris, Johnson and Carter) destined to make the WI team in the very new future and their bowling also has maturing bowlers in Cotterell, Cummings, Brathwaite, Bishoo and Nurse.

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