New Zealand Take First Win Of Tour Of West Indies

New Zealand Take First Win Of Tour Of West Indies
New Zealand Take First Win Of Tour Of West Indies
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New Zealand 249-9 (Nicol 59, Russell 4-57) beat
West Indies 161 (Russell 42no) by 88 runs
Third One-Day International, Saint Kitts

New Zealand comprehensively beat the West Indies by 88 runs in the third One-Day International in Saint Kitts to claim their first win of the series.

Half-centuries from Rob Nicol and Nathan McCullum helped them reach 249 for nine and despite four wickets and an innings of 42 not out from Andre Russell, the home side were well beaten when they were bowled out for 161.

It brought the West Indies' fine run to an end as they had previously won both Twenty20 Internationals and the first two ODIs in the five-match series.

Batting first, Nicol led New Zealand's charge with 59 in 69 balls, McCullum made 50 in 70 balls and despite a thigh strain, BJ Watling made 40 in 47 balls as the tourists innings was built around a series of solid knocks.

The impressive Russell removed Martin Guptill (11), Watling, McCullum and Kyle Mills (2) to take four for 57 while off-spinner Sunil Narine returned two for 28.

Making his ODI debut, Trent Boult took a wicket early when he had Johnson Charles trapped in front for 15 and wickets fell steadily as a series of West Indies batsmen made starts but failed to go on.

Chris Gayle (11), Dwayne Smith (19), Marlon Samuels (11), Dwayne Bravo (2), Kieron Pollard (16), Denesh Ramdin (14), Darren Sammy (7) all fell cheaply as the West Indies reply fell apart.

They would have beaten by a greater margin but for Russell's unbeaten 42 in 24 balls, which included three fours and four sixes.

Boult, Jacob Oram and McCullum all picked up a brace of wickets.

The fourth One-Day International is also in Saint Kitts on Saturday (14th July).

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