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New Zealand trounce West Indies in opening T20

An unbeaten 85-run stand between Brendon McCullum and Luke Ronchi laid the foundation for New Zealand's 81-run win over the West Indies in their opening Twenty20 international on Saturday. The New Zealand batting was backed up by tight bowling, led by Nathan McCullum who celebrated his 50th Twenty20 international with figures of four for 24. New Zealand, who elected to bat first, appeared in trouble at 105-3 after 13 overs before McCullum and Ronchi lifted them to 189-5 which proved too big a target for the West Indies.

Cricket: New Zealand beat West Indies by 81 runs in T20

New Zealand beat the West Indies by 81 runs in the first Twenty20 international at Eden Park on Saturday. New Zealand, who elected to bat first, made 189-5 and the West Indies were 108-8 at the end of their 20 overs. In the New Zealand innings Brendon McCullum made 60 not out and Tino Best took three for 40. Andre Fletcher top-scored for the West Indies with 23 and Nathan McCullum took four for 24. cf/erf

Cricket: Ronchi, McCullum lift New Zealand

Brendon McCullum and Luke Ronchi shared in a rapid-fire unbroken stand of 85 for the sixth wicket to lift New Zealand to 189 for five in the opening Twenty20 international against the West Indies on Saturday. New Zealand were in trouble at 104-5 when McCullum (60 not out) was joined by Ronchi (48 not out) in the 13th over. McCullum had gone in to bat in the fourth over when the removal of Martin Guptill started a mini-collapse of the New Zealand top order.

Cricket: New Zealand to bat in first T20 against West Indies

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first in the opening Twenty20 against the West Indies at Eden Park on Saturday. Nathan McCullum, who becomes only the third New Zealander to play 50 Twenty20 internationals, will lead the teams on to the field. The two other New Zealanders to have passed the 50 mark are his brother and captain Brendon McCullum, and former Test skipper Ross Taylor. Teams

Cricket: West Indies destroy New Zealand to draw series

The West Indies racked up their highest-ever limited overs total to crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth one-day international on Wednesday, and draw the series 2-2. Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo both notched centuries as the West Indies flayed New Zealand's attack to reach 363 for four, before Nikita Miller dominated with the ball to skittle the Black Caps for 160. The mammoth total was the highest ever posted by the West Indies in a 50-over match, surpassing the previous mark of 360 set against Sri Lanka in 1987.

Cricket: West Indies destroy New Zealand to draw series

The West Indies hammered their highest-ever limited-overs total to crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth and final one-day international on Wednesday, drawing the series 2-2. Skipper Dwayne Bravo and Kirk Edwards both scored centuries as the visitors flayed New Zealand's attack to reach 363 for four, before Nikita Miller dominated with the ball to skittle the Black Caps for 160. The mammoth total was the highest ever posted by the West Indies in a 50-over match, surpassing the 360 against Sri Lanka in 1987.

Cricket: Edwards, Bravo destroy New Zealand attack

Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo flayed the New Zealand bowlers as the West Indies racked up an imposing 363 for four in the fifth one-day international on Wednesday, with the tourists needing a win to level the series. The pair came together at 143-3 and put on 211 runs, with Edwards finishing unbeaten on 123, his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for 106. Opener Kieran Powell launched a blistering assault at the start of the innings, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

Cricket: Edwards, Bravo destroy New Zealand attack

Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo flayed the New Zealand bowlers as the West Indies racked up an imposing 363 for four in the fifth one-day international on Wednesday, with the tourists needing a win to level the series. The pair came together at 143-3 and put on 211 runs, with Edwards finishing unbeaten on 123, his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for 106. Opener Kieran Powell launched a blistering assault at the start of the innings, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

Cricket: Anderson record blitz as New Zealand overwhelm Windies

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day international cricket history on Wednesday as New Zealand thrashed the West Indies by 159 runs in a rain-shortened third ODI. His whirlwind performance in partnership with Jesse Ryder, who smacked the sixth fastest century of all time in that form of the game, took New Zealand to 283-4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side. The West Indies then wilted when faced with a daunting run rate of nearly 13.5 an over and could only manage 124-5 in reply.

Cricket: Anderson shatters Windies attack in record onslaught

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day cricket history on Wednesday, plundering the West Indies attack in a rain-shortened third ODI. His whirlwind performance overshadowed a century by Jesse Ryder as the pair took New Zealand to 283-4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side. Anderson -- who finished not out 131 -- took a mere 36 deliveries to reach his century, beating the previous record set by Shahid Afridi, who needed 37 balls to reach three figures playing for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996.
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