Windies suffer series sweep

HAMILTON, New Zealand – A brutal spell from fast bowler Neil Wagner, including three wickets and a broken arm, led New Zealand to a comprehensive 240-run victory over West Indies in the second Test at Seddon Park on Tuesday.

The tourists, set a world-record target of 444, folded to be nine for 203 at tea on day four, with Sunil Ambris unable to continue his innings after being forced to retire hurt on five, following a blow to the arm from left-armer Wagner.

The victory, achieved in two sessions, saw a dominant New Zealand wrap up the series 2-0 after winning the first Test by an innings and 67 runs in Wellington two weeks ago.

For West Indies, it also extended their wretched run of failing to win a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

Roston Chase top-scored with 64, tail-ender Kemar Roach got 32 and debutant left-hander Raymon Reifer chipped in with 29 but West Indies were always up against it once resuming on 30 for two.

Batsman Roston Chase top-scored with 64.

The hostile Wagner accounted for most of the damage in the second innings with three for 42 while fellow seamers Trent Boult (2-52) and Tim Southee (2-71), along with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-13) all picked up two wickets each.

Needing opener and captain Kraigg Brathwaite to knuckle down for a long innings, the Windies were disappointed when the right-hander was dismissed in the sixth over of the morning for 20, caught at gully by captain Kane Williamson off Boult, giving the left-armer his 200th Test wicket.

Shai Hope, who made 23, also required on-field medical attention after being on the forearm by a rising Wagner delivery.

When play resumed he attempted an ambitious hook at another short delivery and was caught by Colin de Grandhomme at long leg.

Ambris then found himself in a tangle against Wagner, turning his back on a short one and sustaining a heavy blow on his left arm. He received on-the-field attention and tried to struggle on but was eventually forced to leave the field for scans at hospital, which revealed a break in his ulna bone.

It ended a tough Test baptism for Ambris who was twice dismissed in his first three innings by treading on his stumps.

Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich lasted two balls after Ambris left, when he fended a Wagner bouncer to Henry Nicholls at short leg without scoring.

However, Chase and Reifer then manufactured a solid 78-run partnership which took West Indies to lunch at 106 for five and kept New Zealand without success for another hour afterwards.

In the second over after the drinks break, Chase went in similar fashion to Hope, pulling a Wagner bouncer to the safe hands of de Grandhomme at deep backward square.

He faced 80 balls and struck eight fours in just under three hours.

Reifer was out soon after for 29 after lasting just over 2-1/2 hours and 109 deliveries, edging a good ball from Southee to give Williamson his second smart catch at gully, and Roach entertained with four fours and a six before Santner cleaned up the last two wickets.

The series now moves to three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s with the tourists to be reinforced with the inclusion of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for all six matches while Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard will play the Twenty20s.

NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 373

WEST INDIES 2nd Innings 221

NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings 291-8 decl.

WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 444 runs)

(overnight 30 for two)

*K Brathwaite c Williamson b Boult 20

K Powell c Southee b Boult 0

S Hetmyer c Wagner b Southee 15

S Hope c de Grandhomme b Wagner 23

R Chase c de Grandhomme b Wagner 64

S Ambris ret. hurt 5

+S Dowrich c Nicholls b Wagner 0

R Reifer c Williamson b Southee 29

K Roach b Santner 32

M Cummins c Boult b Santner 9

S Gabriel not out 0

Extras: (lb5, w1) 6

TOTAL (all out, 63.5 overs) 203

Fall of wickets: 1-4 , 2-27, 3-43, 4-68, 4-80, 5-80, 6-158, 7-166, 8-203, 9-203, 10-203.

Bowling: Southee 19-3-71-2, Boult 16-1-52-2, Wagner 15-5-42-3 (w1), de Grandhomme 9-5-20-0, Santner 4.5-0-13-2.

Result: New Zealand won by 240 runs.

Series: New Zealand won two-match series 2-0.

Man-of-the-Match: Ross Taylor.

Toss: West Indies

Umpires: Rod Tucker, Bruce Oxenford; TV – Ian Gould.

Source: (AFP/BT)

5 Responses to Windies suffer series sweep

  1. Richard Proverbs
    Richard Proverbs December 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Total disgrace

    • harry turnover December 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

      A team that included Gayle,Ganga,Sarwan,Lara,Shiv and Ramdin were also beaten 2 – 0.
      This team was the LEAST EXPERIENCED WI team to have toured New Zealand.
      Check the TEST EXPERIENCES of those in 2006.
      Gayle,Sarwan,Shiv and Lara ALL av.40+ in TEST CRICKET with Shiv and Lara 50+
      Chase is the leading batsman in that team averaging 38 +

  2. Kenneth Lewis
    Kenneth Lewis December 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Surprise surprise. Hope you are not surprised

  3. HELPME: December 13, 2017 at 8:26 am

    To whom it may concern: ***fire the coach***
    this is not the law of cricket, it was great knowing you.

  4. orlando December 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    i for one is surptise at the margin of defeat.tho whole thing is that wagner been bowling that way for the past few years and have been pretty succesful withit . i blame the coaches for not preparing the guy for that kind of bowling.they didnt know if to hook duck or defend so they got caught somewhere in the middle.but thats a learning curve. on another note why is courtney and co. keep thinking that samuels gonna come good . i think all the good is outta he . fa real.blackwood would be a better choice.


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