Roach marks his return with four-for
North Sound, Antigua – Fast bowler Kemar Roach made a successful return to action following injury. He bowled incredibly well to earn a four-wicket haul to limit New Zealand on a rain-hit opening day of the three-day tour match against the WICB President’s XI on Friday.
The 24-year-old finished with four for 28 as New Zealand, sent in to bat, struggled to 137 for eight on a day which was halted by five stoppages for rain and ended by bad lights at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Roach, who was forced out of the tour of England in May with a shin injury after two matches of the three-Test series, looked sharp as he undermined the Black Caps’ batting. He made maximum use of the new ball on a helpful pitch.
He started by knocking over opening batsman Martin Guptill, lbw for five with the score on six. The batsman was beaten several times outside off stump and then offered no stroke to a ball that swung back.
Roach then ripped the heart out of the Black Caps batting in an opening burst from the South End when he had three wickets for eight runs before lunch. He produced a perfect outswinger which Brendoin McCullum edged into the waiting hands of Shiv Chanderpaul at first slip. Two overs later Roach again got one to move in the air and off the seam which skipper Ross Taylor touched to Chanderpaul in the same position.
Middle-order batsman Kane Williamson stroked 55 and wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk, 34, to be the only players to pass 20 on a difficult day for the visitors. That sparked a slide which saw the Kiwis tumble to 54 for six before the mature Williamson and the dogged van Wyk propped up the innings with a stand worth 80 runs for the seventh wicket stand.
Williamson faced 226 balls in 224 minutes at the crease and struck seven fours. He was eventually undone by a short ball from seamer Assad Fudadin which he lobbed to Roach at mid-on. van Wyk hit three fours in an innings spanning just over two hours and requiring 93 balls but was LBW to off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine.
The other wickets went to left-arm spinner Veersammy Permaul, who won a plumb leg-before verdict over Dean Brownlie and left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson, who forced Daniel Flynn into a false pull shot which ricocheted into the left-hander’s leg stump.
Due to the early finish on Friday play will start at 9:30 am on Saturday. The game is the only warm-up fixture before the first Digicel Test starts here next Wednesday
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
M Guptill lbw b Roach 5
D Flynn b Johnson 14
B McCullum c Chanderpaul b Roach 2
R Taylor c Chanderpaul b Roach 0
K Williamson c Roach b Fudadin 55
D Brownlie lbw b Permaul 9
D Vettori c Permaul b Roach 9
K van Wyk lbw b Deonarine 34
T Nethula not out 0
N Wagner not out 3
Extras (b1, lb3, w1, nb1) 6
TOTAL (8 wickets, 70.2 overs) 137
To bat: C Martin.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-12, 3-16, 4-28, 5-41, 6-54, 7-134, 8-134.
Bowling: Roach 14-6-28-4, Johnson 14-6-27-1, Fudadin 11.2-4-23-1, Permaul 19-11-28-1, Deonarine 12-2-27-1.
Toss: WICB President’s XI.
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Nigel Diguid
WICB President's XI: V Permaul (c), D Thomas (wk), K Edwards, A Barath, K Powell, S Chanderpaul, A Fudadin, N Deonarine, K Roach, S Shillingford, D Johnson