Boult’s best sinks West Indies – 2nd ODI

New Zealand, CMC – West Indies’ bid for a series-levelling win over New Zealand was jettisoned by a career-best spell from left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult that handed his side a 204-run victory in the second One-day International on Saturday at Hagley Oval.

Windies were bowled out for 121 in 28 overs to suffer their heaviest ODI defeat to the New Zealanders, as Boult claimed seven for 34 from his allotted 10 overs to reach 100 ODI wickets.

The result left the Caribbean side 0-2 in the three-match series, after the Black Caps also won the first ODI two days earlier at Cobham Oval by five wickets. The final ODI is on Boxing Day, Tuesday, also at Hagley Oval.

West Indies gave another insipid performance in the field, as a record sixth-wicket partnership between local boys Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle, along with other solid contributions from the top-order, carried New Zealand to 325 for six off 50 overs.

Nicholls hit a personal-best top score of 83 and Astle made 49, sharing 130 to establish a new mark for the sixth-wicket against the Windies, George Worker supported with 58, Ross Taylor made 57 and Colin Munro added 30.

Still reeling from the late-innings flourish from Nicholls and Astle that rescued the New Zealanders from 186 for five after the 33rd over, West Indies endured a horrific start to their chase, when Boult removed Kyle Hope, fellow opener Evin Lewis and fellow left-hander Shimron Hetmyer cheaply to leave them wobbling on 21 for three inside the first six overs.

Shai Hope stayed long enough with Jason Mohammed to carry the visitors past the 50-run mark before Boult had him caught behind for 23, as the Windies finished the first Power Play on 53 for four.

The wickets of Mohammed and Rovman Powell for a first-ball duck to Lockie Ferguson in successive balls in the 16th over, and skipper Jason Holder to the same bowler in the 18th over snuffed out any chance of the tourists scripting a comeback story.

West Indies lost their last three wickets – all to Boult – for 21 in the space of 40 deliveries, as the left-arm fast bowler enter the record books.

Boult became the fifth fastest ODI player in terms of matches to reach 100 wickets (56 games) and finished with the second-best ODI figures by a New Zealanders behind Tim Southee (7-33).

Earlier, the Windies again saw Worker and Munro give New Zealand a flying start, bringing up the first 50 in the sixth over before Sheldon Cottrell, the visitors’ most successful bowler with three for 62 from 10 overs, made the breakthrough.

The left-arm fast bowler had Munro caught at mid-on, but Worker would push onto a second consecutive half-century.

Cottrell had Neil Broom caught at slip for six in the 11th over and Worker shared 58 with Taylor before he was caught at deep fine leg off Ronsford Beaton.

Taylor continued to anchor the batting with a typically breezy half-century, but Holder removed him and Black Caps skipper Tom Latham within three overs to leave the hosts at the crossroads.

West Indies however, failed to maintain the pressure, as Nicholls and Astle came together on their home ground and put on a clinic in middle-over batting, manoeuvring the ball around and running well between the wickets to steer their side into a position to launch the final onslaught.

The Windies were almost powerless when they did ignite, as sixes and fours rained down to the delight of the crowd.

14 Responses to Boult’s best sinks West Indies – 2nd ODI

  1. Alex Alleyne December 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Law will find some bizarre excuse to come up with.

  2. Sam King
    Sam King December 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    It’s time whoever is training these WI fast bowlers to cut out the line and length foolishness and teach them how to bowl throat cutters and jaw rearranges, and start treating the opposition the same way they are being treated and remember the story of Gavascar countered the WI quicks by having his bowlers bowling at him from halfway down the pitch.

  3. orlando December 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    i really dont understand how newzealand bowlers are cutting our throats steady and im yet to see a newzealander fend off a ball . except from cummins and he aint in this series . honestly gabriel is a waste of strength. he needs to go to the australian acadamy.i would play him in test but not the other formats. and you kyle hope i was pulling for you . i saw you a few times in local cricket . i really thought if given a chance you would prove better than your brother. you let me down. an opening batsman and not coming across to the ball and still playing across the line .even me knows thats wrong. and holder you need to be a lot tougher as captain and player also..i like hepmyre but he needs a bit more experience and he will come good .and hoesty lets get evin lewis in there in all 3 formats . he’s better than all the others.

    • harry turnover December 24, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Orlando my thoughts EXACTLY,but I would not say Lewis is better than all the rest and that he will succeed in tests because when he scores heavily it is by attacking the bowling early on and it is very unlikely that he will risk that in 5 day cricket.
      Gabriel is a waste of strength and space in one day cricket.
      In ODIs he holds back his pace in an effort not to bowl no balls and is therefore useless in ODIs as he does not swing the ball anyhow as he should have been doing in situations like those.
      He needs to talk to Michael Holding on how to bowl fast without bowling no balls.
      The selectors are to blame for they should have spotted that EVER SINCE and included two of Roach,Reifer or Cummins at the expense of him and Beaton who is fast and wayward plus his action looks suspect at times…I may be wrong ,but it looks so to me and some TV commentators as well.

  4. hcalndre December 24, 2017 at 4:46 am

    How much longer before you abandon the WI cricket and all who is associated and find another sport or let them play the islands every month. They`re pathetic.

  5. Darson December 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

    left arm seamers .spin .we are clueless,and we cant find not one practice bowler left arm fast to medium

  6. orlando December 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

    harry i still think lewis have just as good or better technique as any of your top 4 . he started making runs in trinidad 4 day games . he has better technique than gayle . and i dont have to tell you about his tripples and doubles . that knock in the first one day tells you he can bat In test.take out heptmire for now let lewis open and give powell a chance at 3. SORRY but i would give dowrich a break and let ambris keep wicket then you can have another bowler or batsman which ever suits the conditions.

    • harry turnover December 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Why Ambris as keeper ? If not Dowrich as the Test keeper the next best bet would have to be Shai Hope or another specialist keeper.
      Ambris does not keep for the Windwards at present so I don’t think it would be wise to place him as the Test keeper when he hasn’t even cemented his place in the team
      ….and it has to be either Lewis or Powell not both in the same team.
      Just as I had suspected….Beatons’ action has been questioned by the Umpires in that second ODIs.Strange though that watching him bowl that night he was clocked at 140+,but less with his suspect action although he got his wicket with it.
      His countryman Keemo Paul looks to me like he too has a suspect action

  7. orlando December 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    having hope keep wicket and bat at 3 in test may be a bit much for him and the team. i thought when ambris is available for winwards. that he kept wicket .. i just think dowrich has lost confidence even tho he made a 100 last series. so he needs a break and come back if he start to make steady runs in the local tournament. get back to the basics,and mr. brown a bit of advice ,dont ever go back to that Ramdin. do we have anything in the bag like when lara pick edwards.

    • harry turnover December 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Agree,but I would keep Hetmyer at # 3 in both Tests and ODIs and let Hope continue at # 4.
      Fletcher is the Windwards keeper. Ambris only keeps in the absence of Fletcher…don’t know if that is going to change now that the test keepers position looks shaky.
      Anthony Bramble of Guyana would be my pick as the specialist keeper

  8. Alex Alleyne December 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Anytime you see the return of RAMDIN to the WI team, SARWAN will be batting at number 3.
    And that will be “WHEN PIGS FLY”.

  9. orlando December 24, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    LOLalex. i hope so

  10. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls December 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

    That’s no achievement when the opposition is so inept. Do that against real quality players then I’ll acknowledge it!!


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