New Zealand complete Test series sweep


New Zealand completed a two-nil series over the West Indies in Hamilton when they bowled the Caribbean side out for 203 to win the second Test by a comprehensive 240 runs.

Starting the fourth morning on 30/2, chasing target of 444, it fell apart pretty early for the Windies when opener Kraigg Brathwaite (20) went to left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

The other overnight batsman, Shai Hope(23), fell to the short-ball trap as he hooked Neil Wagner straight to fine-leg while debutant Sunil Ambris had to retire hurt after being hit on the forearm by a Wagner delivery.

The visitors went into the lunch break at 106/5, the writing firmly on the wall, but Roston Chase showed some resistance with a fighting 64 while Raymon Reifer (29) and Kemar Roach (32) made useful contributions down the order.

Wagner was the pick of the bowlers with 3-42 in 15 overs while Boult, Tim Southee and spinner Mitchell Santner picked up two wickets each.

The game was set up by the Black Caps in the first innings when they marched to a total of 373 after being sent in to bat on a green pitch.

The hosts then bowled their visitors out for just 221 to take a significant lead in the game which was solidified when Man-of-the-match Ross Taylor scored a New Zealand record 17th Test ton in the second innings in a total of 291/8 declared.

The Kiwis won the first Test by an innings and 67 runs in Wellington with the teams now facing off in three ODIs, starting in Whangarei on 20 December.