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Cricket: New Zealand cruise to series win over Windies

New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket win over the West Indies on Sunday to claim their first victory in a three-Test series in nearly eight years. The home side, needing just 122 runs to seal the series 2-0, reached their target for the loss of just two wickets after the West Indies collapsed in the face of a hostile spell of New Zealand swing bowling. Hamish Rutherford, who sealed the victory with a boundary to take New Zealand to 124-2, finished on 48 not out, with Ross Taylor on two.

Cricket: New Zealand pace puts Windies on the ropes

New Zealand wiped out the West Indies second innings inside one session with a vicious spell of swing bowling Saturday to take a vice-like grip on the third Test. At stumps at the end of the third day, New Zealand were six without loss in reply, needing 122 to win. The West Indies, already down 1-0 in the series, were all out in their second innings for 103, after taking an 18-run lead on the first innings. The dramatic collapse came a day after the West Indies claimed control of the Test when Sunil Narine's spin variations mesmerised the New Zealanders.

Cricket: West Indies all out for 103

The West Indies were all out for 103 in their second innings, inside one session, on the third day of the third Test against New Zealand on Saturday. Bowling for New Zealand, Trent Boult took four for 23 and Tim Southee three for 12. New Zealand require 122 to win after trailing by 18 on the first innings. cf/mfc/mtp

Cricket: New Zealand 6-0 at stumps chasing 122

New Zealand were six without loss at the close of the third day of the third Test against the West Indies Saturday, requiring a further 116 runs to win. The West Indies were all out in their second innings for 103 for a lead of 121 after New Zealand were dismissed in their first innings for 349. Bowling for New Zealand in the West Indies second innings, Trent Boult took four for 23 and Tim Southee three for 12. cf/mfc/mtp

Cricket: Record ton helps Windies gain edge over Kiwis

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's record 17th unbeaten Test century and a master-class from a patched-up spin attack gave the West Indies the edge over New Zealand as they chased a series-levelling win Friday. Chanderpaul's 122 not out, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar's record and putting him sixth on the all-time scorers' list, left the tourists at 367 all out before New Zealand finished day two of the third Test on 156-3.

Cricket: West Indies strikes put Kiwis under pressure

The West Indies removed openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford cheaply in the third Test Friday to have New Zealand under pressure for the first time in the series. At tea on the second day, New Zealand were 76-2 in reply to the West Indies' 367, and struggling to make headway against spin pair Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul. Kane Williamson was not out 34 with Ross Taylor on 15 after both batsmen survived difficult chances.

Cricket: 'Bad boy' Ryder back for New Zealand

Big-hitting New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is poised for a return to the international stage, completing a remarkable comeback after a turbulent period on the sidelines. The 29-year-old was named Thursday in the New Zealand team to play the West Indies in a series of five one-day internationals (ODIs) starting in Auckland on December 26. Ryder, a self-confessed "bad boy" who is regarded by many in New Zealand as a cult hero, went into a self-imposed exile 22 months ago to sort out personal issues following several alcohol-related incidents.

Cricket: Windies make cautious start to third Test

The West Indies made a cautious start to the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton on Thursday, putting the onus on occupying the crease rather than scoring quickly as they look to level the series. The tourists reached lunch at 71-1 after 29 overs, with Kraigg Brathwaite not out 41 and Kirk Edwards unbeaten on three. The West Indies went into the match without the suspended Shane Shillingford, who was replaced by spinner Sunil Narine, and are without first Test double-centurion Darren Bravo, who was injured during net practice on Wednesday.

Cricket: Southee, Anderson carve into West Indies

Tim Southee and Corey Anderson snapped up four wickets in 34 deliveries to rip the heart out of the West Indies top order on the first morning of the third Test in Hamilton on Thursday. The New Zealand pair overcame an unresponsive wicket to lure the West Indies into abandoning the cautious approach they took early in the day as the tourists look to level the series. After going to lunch at 71-1, the West Indies succumbed to the carelessness that has blighted their tour so far and at tea they were 142-5.

Cricket: New Zealand have West Indies on the ropes

New Zealand took a firm grip on the second Test against the West Indies Friday after forcing the tourists to follow on and reducing them to 135-5 at tea on day three. The West Indies require a further 113 runs to make New Zealand bat again after a Test-best performance by Trent Boult (6-40) saw them skittled for 193 on their first innings' reply to the home team's 441. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not out 18 at tea with Denesh Ramdin on 15. Tim Southee has so far been the main destroyer with three for 24.
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