Thatscricket - News - Fleming's ton bring Kiwis back into first Test
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] New Zealand closed the first day on 257 for six after Chris Gayle took a catch at slip off the bowling of captain Carl Hooper to remove Fleming with just nine overs left. Fleming and wicket-keeper Robbie Hart put on 108 as New Zealand recovered from a disastrous afternoon session when the West Indies seam attack tore the heart out of the tourists' batting, leaving them in deep trouble at 117 for five after taking four wickets for just 29 runs. The left-handed batsman, scoring only his fourth Test century, did not play a false stroke in compiling his 130, stroking 20 silky boundaries in 230 balls and four-and-a-half hours at the crease. Put in by Hooper after losing the toss, New Zealand openers Lou Vincent and Mark Richardson looked comfortable for the first hour's play on a placid-looking wicket. They had put on 38 when Vincent edged a Merv Dillon delivery to wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs and he was out for 14. Richardson and Fleming saw the team safely through to lunch, when the score was 77 for one. Richardson, playing only his 19th test at the age of 31, and Fleming added 50 for the second wicket before the opener was clean bowled for 41 by Sanford as he tried to force the ball through midwicket in the third over after lunch.
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