NORTH SOUND - West Indies put themselves on the path towards taking a 1-0 lead in the series, needing just 102 runs with nearly a session and a half left. The West Indies seamers led the way on the fifth morning by bowling out New Zealand for 272, with Kemar Roach taking 5 for 60.

Roach struck in the first over after the break when he removed the resolute Neil Wagner caught behind, trying to drive. Wagner's 103-ball vigil as nightwatchman should serve as a lesson to the specialist batsmen, who failed to hang around long enough to frustrate West Indies. Ravi Rampaul removed Dean Brownlie the following over, inducing an edge to Chris Gayle at slip.

Daniel Vettori, batting about two positions too low, came out with positive intent, fetching a couple of boundaries down the ground. But Vettori couldn't last long either as he fell for 13, poking Rampaul to the wicketkeeper. Sunil Narine had some success after lunch, though, when he trapped Doug Bracewell plumb in front of the stumps. Kruger van Wyk farmed the strike with Chris Martin and played some enterprising reverse sweeps to take the lead past 100, but Roach had the last laugh when he knocked back van Wyk's off stump to take his fifth five-wicket haul.

Earlier, a double-strike by Roach, getting rid of two specialist batsmen immediately after a short rain interval, raised West Indies' hopes of closing out the game, after a difficult fourth day in the field. The wickets heaped pressure on New Zealand as the battle for survival got tougher against an incisive Roach and Narine, who looked like striking every over.

With fielders hovering around the batsmen, run-scoring was a challenge. New Zealand managed just two boundaries, one off an outside edge by Wagner which beat second slip, and the other a neat cover drive by Ross Taylor past mid-off. It was a battle of attrition as New Zealand managed just 26 runs off as many overs in the session.

Not surprisingly, Narine shouldered the burden, bowling 12 of those overs. The ball spun and shot up off the rough, troubling Wagner in particular who hung on a cliff's edge each time he took guard against the spinner.

But it was Roach who provided the two breakthroughs. A short shower forced the players off the field for 20 minutes. Roach struck two balls after resumption, pitching it outside off and angling it into Taylor, who was trapped on the pads just in front of the leg stump. Taylor went for the review, but the on-field umpire's call was upheld. Roach struck again in his following over, uprooting Kane Williamson's off stump with a beauty that held its line and beat the bat. West Indies had struck twice in 11 balls for no run.

The pressure was on Dean Brownlie, who took 19 balls to get off the mark. In a ten-over period, New Zealand managed just five runs. West Indies had the option of taking the new ball, but they persisted with the old, mainly for Narine's sake. The second session will be another battle for survival for the visitors, who have just the two allrounders, Daniel Vettori and Kruger van Wyk, to come.





(OVERNIGHT: 199/3)

M Guptill c Fudadin b Narine    67

D Flynn lbw b Narine    20

B McCullum b Roach    84

R Taylor lbw b Roach    21

N Wagner c Ramdin b Roach    13

K Williamson b Roach    0

D Brownlie c Gayle b Rampaul    5

C van Wyk b Roach    30

D Vettori c Ramdin b Rampaul    13

D Bracewell lbw b Narine    0

C Martin not out    0

EXTRAS: (b 7, lb 8, nb 4)    19

TOTAL: (all out; 105.2 overs)    272

FOW: 1-47, 2-170, 3-194, 4-217, 5-217, 6-225, 7-225, 8-251, 9-258, 10-272

BOWLING: R Rampaul 17-3-52-2, K Roach 23.2-4-60-5, S Narine 42-13-91-3, D Sammy, 16-6-25-0, M Samuels-3-1-22-0, N Deonarine-4-2-7-0

TOSS: New Zealand