New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 4th day December 22, 2013

New Zealand ease to series victory


New Zealand 349 (Taylor 131, Williamson 58, Narine 6-91) and 124 for 2 (Williamson 56) beat West Indies 367 (Chanderpaul 122*, Ramdin 107, Southee 4-79) and 103 (Boult 4-23, Southee 3-12) by eight wickets
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New Zealand suffered few alarms as they eased to an eight-wicket victory in Hamilton to claim the series 2-0. It was their first series victory over a top-eight nation since they beat the same opposition in 2006. Kane Williamson provided the main contribution, with an elegant 56, while Hamish Rutherford was unbeaten on 48, having been required to fight a little harder.

The winning runs came at 1.45pm when Rutherford drove Narsingh Deonarine through the covers, meaning Ross Taylor could not quite score enough in the second innings to become New Zealand's leading scorer in a calendar year after Williamson had been bowled with six runs required.

The only chance West Indies had of conjuring something remarkable after yesterday's post-tea demise, where they lost 10 wickets in a session, was to grab a couple of quick breakthroughs to create some nerves in the home camp. However, Rutherford and Peter Fulton saw through the initial stages, and although Fulton chipped a return catch back to Darren Sammy - the West Indies captain's fourth sharp take of the match - the visitors could not strike in quick succession.

Narine probed away throughout the entire first session, making life tough for Rutherford who was stuck at the offspinner's end for the eighth to the 26th over. Rutherford was given out, caught behind, on 24, but the DRS showed that he had hit the ground rather than the ball. Although rarely convincing, he did collect a couple of boundaries off Narine when the bowler dropped his line short.

Williamson was more free-flowing after taking 15 deliveries to open his account. He greeted Veerasammy Permaul's first over with two classy drives, exhibiting swift footwork and confidence against the more orthodox spin of the left-armer.

A third lofted boundary by Williamson brought the end to Permaul's brief spell, and Tino Best, who has been one of the major disappointments of the series, was given a run with little impact.

After lunch, Williamson skipped to his fifty from 74 balls, his second of the match, but could not quite see the chase to its conclusion when he aimed a pull at a ball from Permaul which skidded through. The job, though, was soon completed and New Zealand were able to celebrate a convincing start to their international season. For West Indies, their Test cricket does not hold much cause for satisfaction.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ali on December 25, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    all this hate for Deonarine .. the guy remains WI's 2nd best Test Bowler after Roach ..... He averages 28 with the ball, better than James Anderson, Bresnan, Fidel Edwards...

    Deonarine is a perfect # 6 or #7...

    I am not sure Deonarine should play is you pick 2 spinners .... But he is definitely a better spinner than Shilingford and Permaul to support Narine or Miller ...

    Deonarine MUST play, as your 5th bowler if Sammy is the Captain ......

    your only hope to drop Deonarine is to also drop Sammy, pick a spinner and 3 quicks (like SA , OZ and Eng do) ...

    2 quicks Sammy + a spinner will not do ... Deonarine balances that equation ..

  • ESPN on December 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Ramdin as captain you are aware random averages 28. Mccullum takes stick all the time and his is 36.

  • Orlando on December 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I am yet to hear anyone say that this series result is a surprise. Yet WI selectors chose this mentally broken team to go from India to NZ. Would any other test playing nation have done that? No! They have had a captain who is not good enough to get into even this sub-standard WI team as batsman or bowler and hid this fact by calling him an "all-rounder". With all due respect to this decent, committed and determined man (Sammy) he should have been moved on to ODIs and T20 only. Now his time as captain will be sullied by failure and humiliating defeat. Would any other test nation have done that? No! It was obvious that Gayle (thankfully not present) and Samuels were out of form but they were chosen anyhow instead of going back to at least one experienced players if only for this NZ tour, e.g. Sarwan and one promising player, e.g. Fudadin (potentially the next Chanderpaul). Would any other..o.k. you get the point.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Well played NZ . It s time to beat India now

  • Ryan on December 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    okay I have to take my word back what I said on crowds. nobody wants to come because who wants to see west indies play? no gayle, bravo, pollard, rampaul, sarwan, taylor, why bother?

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    How disgraceful! The manner in which we lost is terrible. Some changes have to be made quickly, starting with the selectors. Reviewing the cricket backgrounds of these men, it can be seen that they have not performed creditably at the international level for any extended period but are entrusted as members of the selection panel. Secondly, we have a coach that played TWO TEST MATCHES and averaged 91.66 runs per wicket. To get the best results from every department of the game we need the following people: Viv Richards, Courney Walsh and Desmond Haynes for the selection panel and Gus Logie, Brian Lara and Curtly Ambrose as the coaches. We can add Ian Bishop in the management team.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Yes indeed the selectors Sammy, Best, Deonarine, Gabriel. must go. Deonarine no century after nearly 20 tests while Pujara has 6 in 18 tests, Ramdin did well and he should now be appointed as captain , Lets see 3 different squads for the 3 formats of the game. Ramdin as captain for the test team , Bravo the captain for the 50 overs and T20, and lets give players like Leon Johnson, Fudadin, Beaton, Cummings etc

  • Chris on December 22, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    When it comes to crowd, this series is the worst in my opinion. West Indies have simply been disappointing and seem disinterested in tests.

  • SCOTT on December 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @ simdon Williamson is arguably our best batsman technique wise, and will probably surpass Taylor at a later stage, so thats another player to add to your simplistic list. Btw anyone who looks at averages / cricket stats as the definitive measure of a players natural talent probably doesnt know much about cricket

  • achint on December 22, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    After a wait of 8 years, finally we have won a test series against a top 8 side. This win would do many goods for NZ.

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