From the 2nd day of the test. After an unspectacular session in the
field, the West Indian players meander slowly off to the dressing rooms
below the main stand. The players (from left to right) are Carlton
Baugh (substitute fielder), Dinesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Xavier
Marshall and Brendan Nash. Nash cut an unusual figure for the West
Indies. His background is in Queensland, but both his parents are from
Jamaica and so when he was dropped from the Queensland side in 2005, he
made the decision to move to Jamaica and try for the West Indies. He
had a successful debut series, scoring two fifties at number six.
Top Right: Aching muscles are manipulated by the West Indies physio and Chris Gayle stretches whilst having a chat with Carlton Baugh.
Right: Tim McIntosh made a century in only his second test for New Zealand. Mind you, he rode his luck. He was the beneficiary of the most ridiculous dropped catch I've seen in many a year. He skied a top edged pull shot and the bowler (Fidel Edwards) and the keeper (Dinesh Ramdin) both called for the ball. Both stopped and the ball dropped between them. McIntosh had 14 runs at the time and went on to make 130.
|Top Left: Wellington's
Jeetan Patel warms up before the start of the West Indian second
innings. Lucky he did warm up, because he went on to bowl over 40 overs
of well flighted off-spin, snaring 5 wickets in the process. He also
took the wicket of the usually sticky Shivnarine Chanderpaul first-ball
as Shiv attempted to steer a full toss in the leg-side. Instead, he
took the leading edge and looped a catch back to Patel.
Top Right: Petone's finest, Iain O'Brien. O'Brien took 6 wickets in the first innings. He seems a little bit eccentric, but in a good way. He posed for a photo with a big cheeky grin on his face, much to our amusement, but in this one he's just playing with his ball...
Left: Daniel Vettori before a little bit of pre-bat practise.
The cricket ground at Napier. McLean Park. This ground is used for
rugby from March to September and cricket for the rest of the year and
is the home of Central Districts in the Cricket Provincial Championship
and the Hawke's Bay Magpies in the Rugby. The grass bank at the Eastern
end of the ground is less steep than the bank at the Basin Reserve and
thus is a lot easier to sit on comfortably.
Top Right: One of the West Indian tourists takes control of the television camera outside the pavilion for a while. We're not sure who the budding cameraman is, but I suspect that it's Carlton Baugh.
Right: A closer view of the wicket itself. The pitch held up well over five days and was still ripe for batting on the fifth day as Chris Gayle and then Ross Taylor showed with some fantastic boundaries.
See also: Domestic Cricket
and Jenny Playing Cricket
and Andy Playing Cricket