Black Caps wrap up Windies win
Offspinner Mark Craig’s dream debut continued as New Zealand wrapped up a 186-run win in the first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston.
Set 403 for the victory, the West Indies crumbled to 216 all out late on the fourth day, tailender Shane Shillingford restoring some respectability with an unbeaten 53 as he put on 82 for the last wicket with Sulieman Benn.
Craig picked up 4-91 in the first innings as the West Indies were bowled out for 262 chasing New Zealand’s 7-508 declared, then backed up with 4-97 in a sterling second innings effort.
It was the best performance on debut by a New Zealand bowler, bettering Paul Wiseman’s 7-143 in 1998 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
It was also just the second Test win for New Zealand in the West Indies, the first coming in 2002 with a 204-run win in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The Black Caps had earlier struggled in their second innings, resuming day four at 2-14 and losing early wickets as nightwatchman Ish Sodhi and Ross Taylor fell in successive balls without adding to the overnight total.
Opener Tom Latham, playing in his second Test, top-scored with 73 as New Zealand limped to 8-156 before captain Brendon McCullum declared.
Seamer Tim Southee, who was devastating with 4-19 in the first innings, set the Black Caps up when he removed key openers Kieran Powell and Chris Gayle just before tea.
Craig claimed the next three wickets after play resumed, beginning with Kirk Edwards who looped a bat-pad catch to Jimmy Neesham at leg gully for 14.
Dwayne Bravo departed for 12 when he clipped a thick outside edge to keeper BJ Watling early in the 18th over, then Marlon Samuels went for his second duck to a spectacular diving catch from Latham at short leg.
The West Indies continued to lose wickets regularly, Craig picking up his fourth when he dismissed Kemar Roach late in the 36th over to leave the home team 7-115.
Legspinner Sodhi, who collected the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 24, finished with figures of 3-42 and New Zealand all but wrapped up the match when he removed Jerome Taylor for 18 to leave the West Indies 9-134.
Shillingford produced a spectacular late flurry, belting five sixes and three fours in his 29-ball innings before he slashed at a wide delivery from Kane Williamson with three balls remaining and Watling held a smart catch.