Spinners Hand New Zealand Victory
New Zealand 508-7 dec. & 156-8 dec. beat
West Indies 262 & 216 by 186 runs
First Test, Jamaica
New Zealand's spinners, led by debutant Mark Craig, played the starring roles as the Black Caps wrapped up a 186-run win over the West Indies on day four of the opening Test in Jamaica.
Craig took four for 97 as the West Indies were bowled out for 262 having earlier been set 403 to win.
Jerome Taylor was on a hat-trick early in the day before the New Zealanders declared their second innings on 156 for eight.
As it turned out, they were more than far enough ahead as despite a 25-ball half-century from Shane Shillingford, the West Indies fell well short.
Both Ish Sodhi (4) and Ross Taylor (0) were trapped in front by Taylor as the day started in dramatic fashion.
Calmer scenes ensued as Brendon McCullum (17), Jimmy Neesham (20) and BJ Watling (22 not out) gave support to Tom Latham, who made 73, and the tourists steadily built their lead.
Shillingford removed McCullum and Neesham while Roach had Latham caught by Chris Gayle before Sulieman Benn dismissed Tim Southee for three.
And after Craig (7 not out) had hit the first ball he faced in Test cricket for six and taken a single from the next, McCullum decided that 403 was a target beyond the hosts.
The West Indies made a poor start and never came close to recovering from being 30 for three in 11.2 overs as Southee despatched Keiran Powell (0) and Gayle (10) with Craig having Edwards caught by Neesham for 14.
He then went on to claim the scalps of Darren Bravo, caught by Watling for 12, Marlon Samuels, caught by Latham without scoring and Kemar Roach, caught by Watling for 19 as New Zealand homed in on just their second ever win in the West Indies.
Sodhi trapped Shivnarine Chanderpaul in front for 24 and the leg-spinner bowler Denesh Ramdin for 34 but the tourists still needed the extra 30 minutes they were allowed to see off the lower order.
Jerome Taylor hit a brace of sixes in his 18 in 13 balls before Benn and Shillingford added 82 together for the final wicket.
It was entertaining as well. Shillingford cracked five sixes as he hit 53 not out in 29 balls including the second quickest half-century in a Test match while Benn played his part with 25 in 27.
However, their last-ditch heroics could not quite force the two sides back for a fifth day and New Zealand were able to celebrate when Kane Williamson had Benn caught behind by Watling.
Man of the match Craig finished with figures of four for 97, Sodhi three for 42, Southee two for 32 and Williamson one for one in four balls.
The second Test begins in Barbados on 16th June.
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