Port of Spain: Jermaine Blackwood shone on debut, hitting a fine 63, as West Indies finished their first innings on 460 in the second Test, here at the Queen’s Park Oval, on Wednesday.
West Indies have taken a 239-run first innings lead.
At tea on Day III, New Zealand had laboured to just four runs without losing any wicket, off the five overs they faced.
Blackwood added 47 for the seventh wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and then followed it up with a 76-run stand with captain Denesh Ramdin that poured cold water over New Zealand’s plans of restricting West Indies’ progress. Blackwood was circumspect towards the start, going hard at swinging deliveries.
But the more time he was there at the crease, he started growing in confidence. He was lucky early in his innings when Tom Latham could not hold on to a low chance at short leg. Blackwood was on 11 then.
Earlier, Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo hit brilliant hundreds apart from stitching a 182-run partnership for the fourth wicket.