Black Caps obliterate Windies batting line-up to take 1-0 Test series lead in Wellington

The Black Caps have stormed to an emphatic win in the first Test against the West Indies in Wellington, claiming an innings and 67 run win at the Basin Reserve.

Starting the fourth day at 214/2, the Windies struggled in reply to the Black Caps first innings 520/9, losing three wickets before lunch to go in at 286/5, trailing by 100 runs.

After lunch however, the wheels well and truly fell off for the visitors, with Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult cleaning up the lower order to seal a complete victory to open the summer.

2:28pm: WI 319 all out - NZ win by an innings and 67 runs

WICKET! Bowled 'em! That's it, Trent Boult brings the match to an end, knocking over Cummins. The Black Caps win by an innings and 67 runs to take a 1-0 lead in this two match series.

2:09pm: 102.3 overs, WI 301/9 - Cummins 0*, Gabriel 0*

WICKET! Holder goes now. A short ball from Wagner that the Windies skipper doesn't get any timing on whatsoever, a simple catch for Boult. Windies lose their ninth.

West Indies trail by 81 runs with one wicket in hand.

2:03pm: 101.2 overs, WI 301/8 - Holder 7*, Cummins 0*

WICKET! Another one falls as de Grandhomme gets Roach LBW. He runs in and pitches one up, Roach plays and misses, getting hit on the back pad. Roach reviews straight away though, has he hit it?

The replay shows no bat on ball whatsoever, waste of a review. Roach goes for seven. Miguel Cummins the new man.

Windies trail by 85 runs with two wickets in hand.

1:49pm: 98.1 overs, WI 288/7 - Holder 2*, Roach 0*

WICKET! Wagner to take the ball from the other end, Dowrich on strike, and now he strikes first ball! A fuller (by his standards) ball from Wagner has Dowrich driving, and all he can do is spoon a catch to Santner at cover.

The Windies lose another and the Black Caps can sniff blood in the water.

West Indies trail by 98 runs with three wickets in hand.

1:44pm: 97.1 overs, WI 286/6 - Dowrich 3*, Holder 0*

WICKET! And de Grandhomme strikes first ball after lunch! He bowls a standard delivery outside off, Ambris tries to back-cut it but can only manage an edge through to Taylor in a wide slip position. Windies lose their sixth wicket. Jason Holder is the new man, on a king pair from the first innings.

1:40pm: 97 overs, WI 134 & 286/5 - Ambris 18*, Dowrich 3*

Both sets of players make their way back out to the middle for the afternoon session. The Windies need to dig in for some tough runs here, needing another 100 to at least make New Zealand bat again.

Colin de Grandhomme to open up to Ambris.

1:02pm: 97 overs, WI 134 & 286/5 - Ambris 18*, Dowrich 3*

LUNCH! That's lunch and just when the Windies thought they were creeping back into the contest, the Black Caps bowlers step up and deliver. Great morning gets them three wickets after working well with both the old and new ball. West Indies will enter lunch feeling deflated here. It's going to take a very big effort from the tail end to make this a contest.

West Indies trail by 100 runs with 5 wickets remaining

12:33pm: 90 overs, WI 134 & 273/5 - Ambris 8*, Dowrich 0*

WICKET! There's another and this time it's Henry in on the action. Chase chases a wide ball outside off but he isn't close to it as he tries a cut shot. It's an inside edge and he's chopped it on the stumps. He slumps to his knees as he knows it was a poor shot and an even poorer decision. Black Caps get their third of the session.

West Indies trail by 113 runs with 5 wickets remaining

12:17pm: 87 overs, WI 134 & 263/4 - Chase 11*, Ambris 6*

WICKET! Boult gets Hope in the Gully! Brilliant cutting delivery catches Hope off guard as it comes up at him close to the body. He tries to defend it off his back foot but is late on the extra hop of the delivery. Edges it for a simple catch to Williamson. Ambris comes in and brushes the hiccup off with a six on his third ball. As you do.

West Indies trail by 123 runs with 6 wickets remaining

11:50am: 80 overs, WI 134 & 238/3 - Hope 28*, Chase 0*

New ball is in play and that means Boult's back in.

West Indies trail by 148 runs with 7 wickets remaining

11:40am: 78 overs, WI 134 & 231/3 - Hope 25*, Chase 0*

WICKET! Santner makes a big appeal for LBW but the umpire isn't interested. He's got bat first into the pad. Williamson doesn't need convincing from his bowler. He can see how much he wants it so they go upstairs. Replays show it's pad first then makes contact with the bat. Ball tracking has it going through to the wicket so they have to change their onfield call. Beauty of a ball from Santner. Short, quick and slides in on Brathwaite and traps him. Gets the wicket the Black Caps were desperate for with the new ball coming into play very shortly.

West Indies trail by 155 runs with 7 wickets remaining

11:30am: 75 overs, WI 134 & 226/2 - Brathwaite 86*, Hope 25*

Black Caps just aren't finding any pressure. The Windies are looking very comfortable and have taken any risky or poor shots so far this morning. Santner is mixing speeds well but hasn't found an edge yet. De Grandhomme has come in for Henry at the other end.

West Indies trail by 160 runs with 8 wickets remaining

11:00am: 66 overs, WI 134 & 214/2 - Brathwaite 79*, Hope 21*

After scalping two yesterday, Henry will get things going for the Black Caps' bowling unit. He comes out with a maiden to start the day and is joined by Santner at the the other end.

West Indies trail by 172 runs with 8 wickets remaining

10:30am

It's another cracker of a day in the Basin. That constant Kiwi sun beating down of the pitch has well and truly dried it out but it's still looking like a good wicket. We're about half an hour away from the first ball of the day.

West Indies trail by 172 runs with 8 wickets remaining

Jason Holder bats during the day/night (pink ball) first Test match between England and West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Photo: Graham Morris/www.cricketpix.com / www.photosport.nz
West Indies batsman Jason Holder bats. Source: Photosport

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The West Indies are still in a positive frame of mind despite staring at probable defeat in the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

The tourists will begin day four at 214-2 in their second innings, still 172 runs shy of making New Zealand bat again.

But they have carried on at a merry pace and haven't put away the attacking hook shots against left-armer Neil Wagner, who was the chief destroyer with 7-39 in their first innings.

"He is one of the most aggressive bowlers, if not the aggressive bowler in the team. We just look to play him how we see it," batsman Shimron Hetmyer says.

"Some of us, we are positive in that sense. Some try to hook and some try to get out of the way."

The Windies were dismissed for 134 on the first day and the Kiwis responded with 520-9 declared.

Hetmyer said the pitch was much better for batting.

"It's just a dry turf now."


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Watch: David Warner celebrates like it's a Test after reaching ton in club match

David Warner's time away from cricket doesn't appear to have taught the disgraced Australian opener any humility, bringing out an over the top celebration in a Sydney club match.

Warner and former captain Steve Smith both made their Australian returns yesterday, following their involvement in a ball tampering scandal earlier this year.

Striding to the wicket, Warner belted 155 not out for Randwick-Petersham,  although it was his celebration at reaching three figures that gave an insight into his temperament.

The opener produced his Test match celebration, running before jumping and punching the air in delight, before acknowledging the crowd.

Onlookers were left somewhat perplexed, amused by the fact a player of Warner's ability felt it necessary to celebrate against amateur club players.

The banned opener made 155 not out on his return to the pitch. Source: ABC Australia


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David Warner smashes 155 in return to Sydney club cricket, Steve Smith also in the runs

David Warner has hit an unbeaten century and Steve Smith scored 85 as Australian cricket's banned former leaders prospered on day one of the Sydney grade season.

Former captain Smith also took 1-29 off five overs and two catches for Sutherland in his first cricket match in Australia since being banned for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Former vice-captain David Warner, who was also slapped with a year-long ban for his involvement in the incident, scored 155 not out off 152 balls for Randwick- Petersham.

The presence of Australia's two most prolific Test batsmen generated big crowds at both venues.

About 1000 turned up at Glenn McGrath Oval, including the legendary former quick the ground is named after.

Several hundred were present at Coogee Oval, where canteen sales were so brisk that club officials had to bring in more beer.

Warner struck 13 fours and a couple of sixes in a perfectly paced innings as his team reached their target of 278 off the final ball.

He faced an attack including two Test bowlers in Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland, with the former taking 1-30 off eight overs in his first game after a back injury.

"(Warner) played really well. He's very good in those situations ... a pretty special knock," said Hazlewood, who expects to return to NSW duty in the one-day cup on October 1.

Asked if he exchanged any banter with Warner, Hazlewood said "it was pretty quiet. He was just going about his business and knuckled right down and got the result, which is what he was after."

Like Smith, Warner won't be eligible to play international cricket again until early next year.

"He's obviously a very good player. It''s about putting in place a culture that can fit him back in and hopefully he plays his best cricket when he does come back," Hazlewood said.

"It's still a long way away. He's got some batters in there that he has to push out that are doing well so we'll see when the time comes."

Smith was dropped early in his 92-ball innings but tallied six fours and a six. Like Warner, he top-scored for his club.

"He batted nicely. You could see he was very much in the zone," said Smith's former international teammate Shane Watson.

"He was always going to come out and do well. He's obviously got plenty of desire inside him."

Smith and Warner, who didn't speak to the media after their matches, were greeted with warm applause when going out to bat.

"The support that he has got today will just reassure (Smith) that everything is OK," said Watson, who couldn't play alongside Smith due to injury.

"People do make mistakes and then people do forgive and certainly forgive very quickly."

Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith at the end of the match. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Chappell Hadlee Trophy Match 3. ANZ ODI Cricket Series. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith. Source: Photosport


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Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

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Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand bowler Amelia Kerr. Source: Photosport


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'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.


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