West Indies defeated
Another abject batting performance by the West Indies condemned them to a 186-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park, Jamaica, this evening.
Chasing a victory target of 403 after the Kiwis declared their second innings at 156 for 8 today, West Indies capitulated meekly for 216 by the 48th over,
The hosts were 76 for 6 at one stage before carefree batting by the tailenders boosted the score to its final tally. Number 11 batsman Shane Shillingford smashed his maiden Test 50, while Sulieman Benn bashed a quick-fire 25 as the two added 82 runs for the last wicket at more than a run a ball. Shillingford’s 25-ball was the second fastest half-century in Test cricket history.
But it was all just a case of sound and fury signifying nothing as the regional side slumped to another Test loss.
Debutant off-spinner Mark Craig was named Man-of-the-Match for his match figures of 8 for 188, including the wicket of Marlon Samuels who bagged a pair in the game.
The second of the three-match series starts on June 16 in Trinidad and Tobago.