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National cyclist Adam Alexander continued his
sparkling form on Sunday but just missed out on a
medal, finishing fourth in the Harlem Skyscraper
Cycling Classic in Harlem, New York, USA.
Alexander, representing Team Foundation finished
behind Helmut Trettwer (bronze), Stalin Quiterio
Cuello (silver) and Andreas Graf (gold). Graf s winning
time was one hour, six minutes and seven seconds.
The T&T rider won the Dave Jordan Classic event
in Central Park, New York on June 7 to walk away
with US $2,500. Alexander finished ahead of 95 cyclists
in the 54-mile Dave Jordan Classic race.
On Memorial Day (May 26) Alexander also topped
the field to capture the Tour of Somerville in New
Alexander misses out on bronze in New York
West Indies fast
4/34 yesterday on the
opening day of the
second Test match
against New Zealand
at the Queen s Park
"You showed the
world how beautiful
this game is."
describes the playing
style of the San Anto-
nio Spurs after the
team won its fifth
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
West Indies cricketers jumped off
the team bus yesterday in a fighting
mood and their attitude was reflected
on the scoreboard at the close of the
opening day of the second Test against
New Zealand at the Queen s Park Oval.
A fine all round bowling performance,
led by Jerome Taylor s 4/34, skittled out
the Kiwis for 221 and left with 13 overs,
the men in maroon closed on six for
one after losing Chris Gayle (1) to Trent
The West Indies bowlers were reward-
ed for disciplined bowling on a pitch
that offered assistance to those who
were willing to put in the work. Taylor,
back in the team after a four and half-
year hiatus, was able to seam the red
cherry appreciably. He received good
support from Shannon Gabriel 2/43 and
spinner Sulieman Benn 3/73.
New Zealander opener Tom Latham
(84) recorded this third successive half
century of the series. Together with
Kane Williamson (42) and Ross Taylor
(45 not out), New Zealand got past the
Earlier, Brendon McCullum called
correctly at the toss and decided to take
first strike on a good Oval pitch. The
West Indies, as they have done twice in
the series already, struck early as Hamish
Rutherford was caught by Gayle at slip
off Jerome Taylor.
After the early loss, Latham, just as
he did in Jamaica when he scored twin
half centuries, batted with purpose. The
first 50 runs were realised off 16.4 overs
as Latham and Williamson negotiated
the early moisture on the pitch with the
knowledge that the 33-degree heat would
dry the pitch nicely for batting.
Latham was lucky to get a reprieve,
as one lapse against spinner Sulieman
Benn ended up hitting Gayle on his
shoulder at first slip and went to ground.
He put that behind him to register
his third half century soon after off 83
balls with seven fours. Williamson also
batted well and the West Indies players
looked ragged once they were together.
They went to lunch at 86 for one and
on the resumption, five overs were played
out without addition to the score. The
left hand/right hand duo then started
to pick the gaps and took the score to
120 before Gabriel made the break-
through, getting Williamson, who scored
a century in the first Test to hook to
Jason Holder at long leg. Williamson
batted for 153 minutes and faced 104
balls with five fours.
Soon after the sparse crowd on hand
gave the players their biggest cheer, as
the West Indies got the prize scalp of
Latham. The left hander drove at a
length ball which peeled off a thick edge
to the lanky Benn at gully.
He batted for 229 minutes, faced 163
balls and struck ten fours. Tea was taken
at 159 for three, and immediately on
resumption, the previously luckless Benn
finally got a wicket, sending back
The right hander was struck in line
with the stumps and initially given not
out by umpire Rod Tucker. Ramdin
decided to go for the review and it
showed that McCullum was caught on
the crease and struck on the back leg.
Ball tracker showed it hitting middle
near the top.
At that point, the West Indies for the
very first time in the series took the
ascendency, thanks to Taylor.
Bowling from the Media Centre end,
where he once grabbed nine wickets
against T&T, the Jamaican sent back
Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling and Ish
Sodhi all to edges. Gayle snapped up
two in the slips, while Ramdin nestled
New Zealand could not recover from
Taylor s spell of 5-0-19-3.
The West Indies lost Gayle who played
down the wrong line and was bowled
by Trent Boult.
Taylor leads WI good work
West Indies fast bowler Jerome Tay-
lor said that the key to his success on
the opening day of the second Test
against New Zealand at the Oval yes-
terday was due to patience and dis-
Taylor led the bowling attack for the
home team as he grabbed four for 34
off 17 probing overs to bowl out the
visitors for 221. At the close the West
Indies ended on six for one, needing
another 215 runs again to reach the
New Zealanders score.
Taylor, speaking to reporters at the
close of play said: "We realised that
patience is the key after our outing in
Jamaica. New Zealand is a very patient
side and we knew that we had to beat
them at their game. We went out there
and after keeping them down to a min-
imum in the first hour, we let them off
the hook in the second."
After an hour s play, the Kiwis were
36 for one and progressed to 86 for
one at lunch.
"During the break we spoke about
getting back in there and bowling tightly
and disciplined in order to make things
happened and it did.
Meanwhile, New Zealand opener
Tom Latham said he was not too wor-
ried about not carrying on to a hundred
after getting three successive half cen-
turies. "It is a problem but a good prob-
lem to have. I rather get the eighties
instead of getting lower scores but I
would love to carry on to big hundreds
"The pitch here has more of a tennis
ball bounce and it is not bad for batting.
Our bowlers have been bowling in the
right areas and we are confident that
we can dismiss the West Indies under
our score," he said.
West Indies vs New Zealand
New Zealand 1st inns
T Latham c Benn b Roach
H Rutherford c Gayle b Taylor
K Williamson c sub Holder b Gabriel42
R Taylor not out
B McCullum lbw Benn
J Neesham c Gayle b Taylor
BJ Watling c Ramdin b Taylor
I Sodhi c Gayle b Taylor
T Southee lbw Benn
M Craig c Bravo b Gabriel
T Boult lbw Benn
Extras b4, lb6, w2, nb3
Total all out
Fall of wkts: 16, 120, 146, 161, 192, 198,
210, 215, 221.
Bowling: J Taylor 15-5-34-4 (1nb, 1w) K
Roach 17-1-61-1, S Gabriel 12-2-43-2
(2nb,1w), S Benn 28.4-6-73-3.
West Indies 1st inns
C Gayle b Boult
K Brathwaite not out
S Benn not out
Total for one wkt
Fall of wkt: 4.
Bowling: T Boult 4-2-4-1, T Southee 3-
West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor follows through after delivery during his super
performance against New Zealand yesterday. Taylor took 3-34.
PHOTO: ASHLEY ALLEN
Taylor: Patience and discipline keys to success
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