Windies Leapfrog NZ After Whitewash

After 16 years without a series win against New Zealand, the West Indies finally regained the series trophy with a dominant 2-0 home victory.

The hosts must be heartily satisfied with their all-round performance.  The contributions of Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine and returning pariah, Chris Gayle were all telling in the Windies’ nine-wicket romp in the 1st Test.  In the following match, it was the resurgent Marlon Samuels who proved the hero, scoring over half the runs in his team’s 1st innings, before helping guide them home by 5 wickets in the 2nd.  Darren Sammy’s men move up one place to 7th in the League.

In contrast, it was a tour full of disappointment for New Zealand.  They flew to the Caribbean with grounds for optimism, following encouraging performances in their last two series against highly ranked Australia and South Africa.  However, a string of fragile batting displays cost the tourists dear.  The Black Caps drop to second from bottom in the League, with an intimidating trip to Champions South Africa as their next fixture.

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