New Zealand too good for the West Indies

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West Indies vs New Zealand

New Zealand was too good for West Indies in the first test brushing them aside by an innings and 134 runs in four days at Seddon Park, Hamilton. 

West Indies won the toss and elected to field leading to the Black Caps posting a massive total of 517 for 7 declared. 

Captain Kane Williamson cracked 251 off 412 deliveries with 34 fours and two sixes. Latham added 86 and Jamieson 51. 

The Caribbean bowlers struggled with Kemar Roach, who recently lost his dad, picking up 3 for 114 off 30 overs, Shannon Gabriel 3 for 89 off 25 overs and Antiguan Alzarri Joseph 1 for 99 off 31 overs. 

Responding to the host first innings figures West Indies were dismissed cheaply for 138 with no batsman reaching 30 runs. Campbell led the way with 26, captain Jason Holder 25 and Jermaine Blackwood 23. 

Batting a second time with very little improvement the visitors were bundled out for 247 with Jamaican Blackwood improving on his first innings performance scoring 104 while Alzarri Joseph secured his highest test score of 86 batting at number eight. 

Both Blackwood and Joseph saved the Caribbean team from embarrassment with a useful 107 partnership. 

In what turned out to be a thrashing, West Indies captain Jason Holder is appealing to his batsmen to start delivering from the second test and has requested that they look in the mirror. 

“We have talked a lot, we’ve promised a lot and I think it’s a matter for us to all look ourselves in the mirror and understand that we’ve got to fight a little harder,” the Barbadian told ESPNcricinfo.   

With victory, the Black Caps take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second and final Test between the two sides begins on December 11 at Wellington.