WI take third day honours

Dunedin, December 13:

The West Indies won third day honours in the rain-hit first Test here today, taking New Zealand’s last six wickets for 139 runs to dismiss the hosts for 365.

In reply the West Indies reached 39 without loss by stumps, with captain Chris Gayle on 29 and Sewnarine Chattergoon on nine.

New Zealand were 226-4 when play got underway with Jesse Ryder’s 89 providing the highlight in the middle order after Daniel Flynn’s 95 on Thursday. After reaching 54 on the first day, Ryder struggled at times. But he still hit 12 fours before falling 11 runs short of his first Test hundred by pulling Daren Powell to Shivnarine Chanderpaul. With Brendon McCullum, who was the day’s first wicket to fall after scoring an unusually subdued 25 off 120 balls, Ryder put on 89 runs for the fifth wicket.