New Zealand vs West Indies 3rd Test Day 4: New Zealand seal series in style

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New Zealand recorded their first Test series victory of 2013

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson scored a magnificent half-century to lead the Black Caps to a 2-0 series win over the West Indies on the fourth day of the third Test in Hamilton.

Williamson was well supported by opening batsman Hamish Rutherford, who finished unbeaten on 48.

Starting out the day on 6/0, New Zealand’s opening pair of Rutherford and Peter Fulton managed to convert their six-run partnership into a 33-run partnership before Fulton was dismissed caught and bowled by West Indies captain Darren Sammy for 10.

Williamson and Rutherford put New Zealand on the brink of victory with their brilliant 83-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his half-century, before he was clean bowled by Veerasammy Permaul.

Williamson’s outstanding knock of 56 came off 83 balls and included nine boundaries.

It took Rutherford and Ross Taylor just two and a half overs to guide New Zealand to their target of 122 runs.

Rutherford finished on 48 off 117 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six, while Taylor remained undefeated on two.

Sammy and Permaul picked up one wicket apiece.

Sammy was disappointed with his team’s performance, especially in the second innings when they were bowled out for 103 runs.

“Congratulations to Brendon and his team,” he said. “I think once again we have had to learn a lesson at Test cricket. They played really well and batted and bowled better than us. We lost the series but there is a lot to learn, but we didn’t show the required mental steel and toughness. It’s the same story all over again.

“Bravo’s double-hundred, Chanderpaul and Ramdin’s hundreds are good, but we just haven’t been consistent enough in Test cricket over a five-day period. The different format we can hopefully show a better side of us. We will have new players to bring in some new energy and hope bring the New Zealand public some entertainment over Christmas.”

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was ecstatic to have led the Black Caps to their first Test series victory of 2013.

“It was an outstanding Test match and series,” he said. “Commiserations to Darren and his team. Some choice words at times but it is how you should play. We are looking forward to the one-days now.

“Ross led the way with the bat and showed why he is a world-class player. He is one of the greats for us and so congratulate to him. The young bowling attack has also worked well for us. It’s exciting, and we also have guys on the side who have tremendous talent as well. Some of the guys are really developing well, especially from Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and supported admirably by Corey Anderson and Neil Wagner.

“It’s great fun to captain this side. We have had a tough time of late, but we have been putting in some pretty consistent performances of late. And these guys are a pretty easy bunch of guys to captain.”

Taylor was named Man of the Match for his spectacular century in the first innings.

“My mindset was the biggest thing I tried to work on,” he said. “Pretty tough to play Test cricket and I worked on that. It was a very pleasing series for me, but winning the series was more important, especially by 2-0.

“A lot of people contributed, both in the set-up and others outside of that. The bowlers worked hard and to get a victory on day four is especially pleasing. Every time you score a hundred it’s a proud moment. I am sure the West Indies side will come at us hard in the ODI series. Merry Christmas to all the NZ fans and everyone who has supported me.”

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