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New Zealand open tour with tame draw

 The New Zealand cricket team opened their tour of the West Indies with a draw against a Jamaica Select X1 on the second day of their two day warm-up match at the Trelawny Multiplex here on Friday. Two late innings partnership helped the Jamaicans to recover from a batting collapse, allowing them to surpass the visitor’s first innings total of 112 for six declared at tea on the first day.

Resuming from their overnight score of 94 for five, the home side recovered to declare at 171-9, 59 runs ahead of the Black caps first innings total. Kenar Lewis added nine runs to his overnight score of 31 to finish with the top score for Jamaica while teaming up with Fabian Allen in a crucial seven wicket stand that yielded 27 runs.

For the Kiwis, Wagnar topped the bowling with five wickets for 38 while Mark Craig picked up three for 17 on the first day before he was rested Friday with a tight quadricep muscle. With the bat in the second innings, BJ Watling had some solid time in the middle to top score with 50 as did Luke Ronchi (40 not out).

Blackcaps captain Peter Fulton scored 30, including two sixes as New Zealand were 210-6 at stumps. Odean Brown was the leading wicket taker with two three for 56 for Jamaica. New Zealand’s next match is against a Jamaican XI, a three-day warm-up fixture in Trelawny starting today.

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