WELLINGTON, December 6
New Zealand wrapped up a record innings and 134-run victory over West Indies before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test in Hamilton today after finally breaking a rearguard action from Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph.
The victory margin was the largest by New Zealand over West Indies, surpassing the innings and 105-run win at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in 1999, and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
New Zealand had been cruising to victory inside three days, and were close to the rare feat of dismissing a side twice in one day, before Blackwood and Joseph came together at 89-6 and shared a 155-run partnership.
Blackwood completed his second Test century but fell for 104 shortly after Joseph was caught in the deep for 86 and Neil Wagner finished off the innings at 247 when he bowled Shannon Gabriel for a duck.
“We were fortunate to get off to a good start and to be able hold that position,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.
The hosts had scored 519 for seven declared on the back of Man of the Match Williamson’s career-best 251 and dismissed the tourists for 138 in their first innings midway through the third day.
Brief scores: New Zealand 519/7 dec (Williamson 251, Latham 86, Jamieson 51*; Roach 3/114, Gabriel 3/89); West Indies 138 (Southee 4/35, Jamieson 2/25, Wagner 2/33) & 247 (Blackwood 104, Joseph 86; Wagner 4/66, Jamieson 2/42). — Reuters