First Test Match

NEW ZEALAND v WEST INDIES 1955-56

At Dunedin, February 3, 4, 6. West Indies won by an innings and 71 runs. They took a complete grip on the game on the first day, which they ended 160 runs ahead with seven first innings wickets standing. New Zealand had no answer to the spin of Ramadhin and were all out half an hour after lunch. The ball went through at varying heights but, after losing Pairaudeau to the first delivery of their innings, West Indies mastered the conditions. Weekes was again in superlative form in hitting his third consecutive century and Smith, who helped to add 162 in a hundred minutes, also maintained a flow of punishing strokes.

New Zealand began the second day in great style, sending back Weekes, Atkinson and Smith for two runs, but visions of a West Indies breakdown were dispelled by Goddard, Depeiza and Ramadhin. New Zealand, facing arrears of 279 were given an encouraging start by Sutcliffe and Leggat, who put on 61 before Ramadhin claimed Leggat as his hundredth Test victim. Wickets fell steadily afterwards to Smith's offspin until Moir joined the lefthanded Beck in a seventh-wicket stand of 90. Beck, deciding on a policy of aggression, hit eleven 4's and one 6, but when he fell at last to Atkinson the end followed rapidly.

On the opening day King broke down with a pulled muscle as he ran up to bowl the first ball of his ninth over. The umpire rightly decreed that the over had not begun and the bowling was continued from the same end by Ramadhin.

© John Wisden & Co
 
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