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Monday, 27 December, 1999, 09:29 GMT
Debutant's double ton for Kiwis

Sinclair: Stunning debut performance from double centurion

The West Indies were left in deep trouble in the second Test in Wellington, after a stunning innings from New Zealand debutant Matthew Sinclair.

The 24-year-old batsmen moved from his first day 123, to 214 in his first Test innings.

The score is the joint second-highest by a debutant batsman in Test history, and the seventh-biggest by any New Zealander.

Sinclair's marathon
532 minutes
456 balls
22 fours
It helped the Kiwis to 518 for nine, before the tourists were rocked by an early wicket to end the second five for one in reply.

Sherwin Campbell was the man to go, lbw to Chris Cairns in the first over for nought.

The West Indians need another 313 runs to make New Zealand bat again, with nine wickets remaining and one injured batsman doubtful after injuring a finger.

Adrian Griffith and nightwatchman Nehemiah Perry saw out the final four overs without further loss.

New Zealand declared half-an-hour before the close, having lost five wickets in the last session for 45 runs.

Nathan Astle was run out for 93, going for what would have been Sinclair's 200th run.

The pair put on 189, a second century partnership involving the debutant after the 164 he added with his captain Stephen Fleming yesterday.

King and Rose: Relief as the Windies finally get their man
The Australian-born Sinclair brought up his 200 with a hook for four off Courtney Walsh, who went through the entire innings without a wicket and with 112 runs against his name.

The Test new boy was eventually bowled by Reon King, who was the most successful West Indies bowler with four for 96.

Franklyn Rose took the last three wickets as New Zealand attacked, to end with three for 113.

Cairns and Craig McMillan added 51 for the sixth wicket before both were out for 31.

"I was really tired but it was a great ball by King that got me," said Sinclair afterwards.

"I didn't really feel like celebrating too much because I was sad Nathan was run out. He deserved to be there too."


His innings fell short of the 287 runs scored by debutant R.E.(Reginald) Foster of England against Australia in 1903-04.

But it equalled Lawrence Rowe's famous innings for the West Indies in 1972.

The West Indies position was worsened by news that recalled batsman Daren Ganga was doubtful to bat after injuring a finger fielding.

David Trist, the New Zealand coach, is understandably confident of victory with three days remaining.

"Chris Cairns has got a psychological advantage over the West Indies after Hamilton and of course he struck a very profitable wicket tonight," Trist said.

"We've got to work hard, but the wicket is going to start producing variable bounce and Daniel Vettori will come into his own. I rate our chances very highly."


New Zealand first innings

C Spearman c Walsh b King 24
G Stead c Campbell b King 17
M Sinclair b King 214
S Fleming c Adams b Chanderpaul 67
N Astle run out 93
C McMillan c Jacobs b King 31
C Cairns c Adams b Rose 31
A Parore b Rose 5
D Nash not out 2
D Vettori c Campbell b Rose 2

Extras (b5, lb12, nb14, w1) 32

Total (9 wkts dec) 518

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-76, 3-240, 4-429, 5-456, 6-507, 7-507, 8-514, 9-518

Bowling: Walsh 41-5-112-0, King 36-11-96-4, Rose 32.3-5-113-3, Perry 32-5-120-0, Adams 26-9-45-0, Chanderpaul 6-1-15-1

West Indies first innings

A Griffith not out 2
S Campbell lbw Cairns 0
N Perry not out 3

Total (1 wkt) 5

Fall of wickets: 1-1

Bowling: Cairns 3-1-3-1, Nash 2-1-2-0

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