NZ vs WI, First Test: Both teams wear black armbands as Kemar Roach’s father passes away hours before the match

NZ vs WI, First Test: Both teams wear black armbands as Kemar Roach's father passes away hours before the match

Kemar Roach, who is currently in New Zealand with the West Indies, received the news of his father’s death while preparing for the first Test on Thursday.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach knelt down after taking the wicket of Tom Latham. (AP Photo)

Highlights

  • Andrew Smith Smith, father of West Indies pacer Kemar Roach, died at home on Wednesday.
  • Roach played the match on Thursday and also took a significant wicket of Tom Latham
  • Roach, in honor of his father, went to his knees after beating Latham

New Zealand and West Indies players tied black hands on the first day of the first Test in Hamilton in memory of Andrew Smith Smith, the father of West Indies pacer Kemar Roach.

Roach, who is currently in New Zealand with the West Indies, received the news of his father’s death in preparation for the first Test at Sedan Park on Thursday.

He played in the match and also took a significant wicket of Tom Latham. Leaving his usual celebration, Roach, in honor of his father, went to his knees after beating Latham.

Hours before the match, West Indies team manager Ralph Lewis also issued a statement saying, “On behalf of the CWI and the West Indies cricket team, I offer my condolences to Kemer and his family for returning home. Losing a loved one is never easy, and we want to give our full support to Kemar during this difficult time. ”

Williamson shines the first day

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led the West Indies in the first Test at Hamilton on Thursday and ended an unbeaten 97-run stand. He is just 3 runs short of his 22nd Test century.

Williamson and opener Tom Latham put on a 154-run stand for the second wicket to give New Zealand a strong start to the stumps on Thursday after the early dismissal of Wicket Young.

At the end of the day’s play, Black Caps Williamson and Ross Taylor batted 243/2 at 97 and 31, respectively.

The continuous rain washed away the first session of the day and the game started after the scheduled lunch time. Only 78 overs were bowled on rainy days.

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