Southee grabs 3-19 as NZ keeps control of 1st test

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West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle, right, plays a shot during the second day of their first cricket Test match against New Zealand in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Seamer Tim Southee grabbed 3-19 as New Zealand kept control of the opening cricket test by limiting the West Indies to 176-6 at tea on the third day at Sabina Park on Tuesday.

The hosts were still 332 runs adrift of the Kiwis' mammoth first-innings total of 507-8 declared.

Southee dominated the second session after the slow bowling duo of offspinner Mark Craig (2-47) and legspinner Ish Sodhi (1-52) put early skids under the hosts.

Chris Gayle, in his 100th test, top-scored with 64 while fellow veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 43. New captain Denesh Ramdin scored an enterprising 39.

Gayle slammed 11 fours off 125 balls on his home ground before he edged Southee through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling soon after lunch.

Two balls later, the West Indies slipped to 104-5 when a Southee in-dipper trapped Marlon Samuels lbw for a duck.

But left-hander Chanderpaul, who hit five fours off 88 balls, shared a restorative sixth-wicket stand of 72 with Ramdin.

But Southee broke the blossoming association on the stroke of tea when Ramdin deflected a slower ball to Watling down the leg side.

Ramdin struck six fours off 77 deliveries.