Kiwis collapse in Trinidad

West Indies made a strong start in their quest to level the three-Test series against New Zealand as Jerome Taylor and Sulieman Benn helped skittle the Black Caps on day one at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Pace bowler Taylor took 4-34 and Benn claimed 3-73 as the tourists collapsed after the tea interval to post just 221 all out on the opening day.

But the Black Caps did end a disappointing day on a high with the key wicket of Chris Gayle as West Indies closed on 6-1 at the start of their reply.

Fresh from their victory in Jamaica last week, New Zealand started well with the bat after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Left-handed opener Tom Latham maintained his fine form with a resolute 82 and shared a century partnership with Kane Williamson after Hamish Rutherford had edged Taylor to Gayle at slip at the start of the ninth over.

Latham, who scored 83 and 73 in the first Test at Sabina Park, hit 10 fours off 163 balls and shared a second wicket stand of 104 with Kane Williamson, who contributed 42 before top-edging Shannon Gabriel to fine-leg.

Kemar Roach claimed the important wicket of Latham just before tea but the Black Caps were still sitting pretty on 159-3 after two sessions.

The evening period was all West Indies, though, as the home side claimed the final seven wickets in less than 30 overs for the cost of 75 runs.

The dismissal of captain Brendan McCullum, trapped lbw by Benn for four, started the collapse as Jimmy Neesham (15), BJ Watling (0) and Ish Sodhi (0) all came and went off Taylor during a brilliant third spell.

Benn mopped up the tail to leave Ross Taylor stranded on 45 not out and West Indies with a tricky 25-minute spell to negotiate before the close.

In that time Gayle (1) lost his off stump to a full away-swinger from Trent Boult and Benn was then called in to action as nightwatchman, seeing out the rest of the day alongside recalled opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite (5no).