Batsman Kane Williamson's patient half-century proved ample, as New Zealand moved to a comfortable eight-wicket win – and two-nil series victory – on day four of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
Batsman Kane Williamson's patient half-century proved ample, as New Zealand moved to a comfortable eight-wicket win – and two-nil series victory – in the third and final Test against the West Indies at Seddon Park on Sunday.
The teams spoke volumes of the success of spinner Sunil Narine in conditions primed for turn, but the Black Caps successfully negotiated the threat en route to a comfortable victory after lunch on day four in Hamilton.
Narine's six wickets garnered across the first innings ultimately went in vain, as Williamson's 56 and an unbeaten 48 from opener Hamish Rutherford negated the momentary alarm caused by the early dismissal of the tall Peter Fulton.
The in-form Narine shared the new ball with fast bowler Tino Best, as expected, but the pair were not the perfect foil – and Rutherford and Williamson were largely untroubled during a telling 83-run alliance.
While the right-handed Williamson's eventual departure to left-armer Veerasammy Permaul afforded the Windies some consolation, Rutherford was soon at hand to strike the winning runs.
Batsman Ross Taylor was named Man of the Match on the back of a third consecutive century and, indeed, clinched the Player of the Series accolade too. The Kiwis and Windies will soon meet for five ODIs and two T20Is. The first ODI will start at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday.
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