New Zealand cruise to easy Windies series win
New Zealand wrapped up a test series victory over the West Indies shortly after lunch in Hamilton today.
Chasing just 122 for the win in their second innings of the third test at Seddon Park, and a 2-0 series win from the three-test series, the hosts got there with eight wickets in hand and almost five sessions to spare.
Opener Hamish Rutherford battled through a testing examination from Windies off-spinner Sunil Narine to finish unbeaten on 48 while Ross Taylor was two not out.
Kane Williamson was bowled by Veerasammy Permaul for 56 when it appeared he was trying to win the match with one shot as New Zealand required six runs to win.
Opener Peter Fulton was dismissed for 10 when he was snapped up caught and bowled by visiting captain Darren Sammy.
Rutherford was given out caught behind off Narine by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin when on 24 and NZ 43-1, but Rutherford called for a referral and after an agonising wait was given a reprieve by third umpire Paul Reiffel after TV replays seemed to indicate there was no nick.
Williamson also offered a chance when he got an inside edge to a ball from left-arm slow bowler Veerasammy Permaul that Kieran Powell couldn't clutch low to his right.
Williamson also made a half-century in the first innings and after missing the first test of the series while recovering from a broken thumb, looks to be a key figure for New Zealand when they meet the touring Indians in two tests in February.
The first test of the series in Dunedin was drawn while New Zealand won the second test in Wellington by an innings and 73 runs.
NEW ZEALAND v WEST INDIES: Seddon Park, Hamilton
WEST INDIES First Innings 367
NEW ZEALAND First Innings 349
WEST INDIES Second Innings 103
NEW ZEALAND Second Innings (target: 122 runs)
PG Fulton c & b DJG Sammy 10
HD Rutherford not out 48
KS Williamson b V Permaul 56
LRPL Taylor not out 2
Extras (b 7, nb 1) 8
Total (for 2 wickets, 40.4 overs) 124
Fall: 1-33 (PG Fulton, 12.4), 2-116 (KS Williamson, 37.6)
Bowling: TL Best 7-3-22-0, SP Narine 16-6-39-0, DJG Sammy 9-3-21-1 (1nb), V Permaul 7-1-29-1, N Deonarine 1.4-0-6-0