Windies squeeze past NZ
Auckland - The West Indies have tasted success for the first time on their New
Zealand tour Thursday when they scraped home by two wickets in the first
After rolling over New Zealand for a
modest 156 in 42.1 overs, the tourists made hard work of reaching their
target for the loss of eight wickets in 27.3 overs.
A rollicking unbeaten 43 from Darren Sammy in 27 balls took them over the line as wickets fell regularly at the other end.
just the last two wickets were left, Sammy knocked off the final 10
runs with a six and a four off Mitchell McClenaghan to be sure of the
The victory, no matter how narrow, was a change of fortunes
for a side comprehensively outplayed during their 0-2 Test series loss
to New Zealand.
"There is some work to do with our batting but a
win is a win and it will ease a lot of pressure on us," captain Dwayne
"Darren Sammy is leader of the fielding group and I
think the energy in the field was what set the scene for the win for us,
and he finished it with the bat."
Despite the narrow margin at the end, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said his side did not deserve to win.
kept picking up wickets at key times and in the end it was a pretty
close game but it was a thoroughly deserved win for the West Indies.
They outplayed us in all three facets of the game," he said.
the West Indies' batting remained fragile, the introduction of one-day
specialists unleashed a bowling line-up that New Zealand failed to
handle on a seam-friendly wicket.
Any confidence New Zealand took
from the Tests quickly evaporated when they were sent into bat and
faced new arrivals Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo and Jason Holder.
It was not the return to international cricket that big-hitting opener Jesse Ryder wanted.
He only faced five balls before slashing at a wide Rampaul delivery to be caught by Darren Bravo at cover point without scoring.
failure signalled the start of a disappointing batting performance only
redeemed by the McCullum brothers Brendon (51) and Nathan (47).
They contributed 98 of the New Zealand total, with the remaining nine batsmen scoring a total of just 49 runs with nine extras.
Guptill was trapped leg-before by Ravi Rampaul for two. Ross Taylor,
the Test series hero, went for three, Kane Williamson (eight), Corey
Anderson (13) and Luke Ronchi (seven) as New Zealand slumped to 66 for
Nathan McCullum and McClenaghan (three not out) held off the
demise as long as they could, featuring in a nine-over stand worth 44
runs for the last wicket.
Bravo returned figures of four for 44 while Rampaul and Holder took two wickets apiece.
What should have been a simple run chase started badly when McClenaghan bowled Kieran Powell (four) in the second over.
New Zealand, the West Indies top order could not establish a
partnership as Johnson Charles (nine), Darren Bravo (14) and Dwayne
Bravo (12) all fell to McClenaghan, who finished with figures of five
Lendl Simmons arrested the slide with a positive innings,
reaching 34 before he was given out caught by Ross Taylor off Kyle
Taylor was unsure if he took the ball cleanly and it took
several highly-magnified replays before the umpires ruled his fingertips
were just under the ball.
Narsingh Deonarine (six), Denesh Ramdin
(two) and Jason Holder (10) offered little fight, leaving it to Sammy
to bring up the winning runs.