Black Caps buoyed by breakthrough win

NZ Newswire Updated July 12, 2012, 12:08 pm

The Black Caps sense a possible swing in momentum with their comprehensive victory in the third one-day cricket international over a previously dominant West Indies side.

After heavy defeats in two Twenty20 fixtures in Florida and the first two one-dayers in Jamaica, the under-strength New Zealanders turned the tables with an 88-run win in Basseterre on St Kitts island.

The result keeps the ODI series alive, the home side leading 2-1 ahead of the last two matches at the same venue on Sunday and Tuesday (NZT).

"It's a great shift in momentum, hopefully," stand-in skipper Kane Williamson said.

"We put a few things into practice in terms of lessons from the other games so it's nice to get a win in such a crucial game."

Sent in to bat at Warner Park and restricted to 249-9 on a flat track and at a ground with short boundaries, the Black Caps struck back in the field to bowl the West Indies out for 161 in the 35th over.

For the first time on tour, they knocked over the opposition top order cheaply and Williamson, captain in place of the injured Ross Taylor, said danger man Chris Gayle's dismissal was a big moment.

"He's put us away in every game this series, so for us to get him out early boosted the lads in the field and that's probably where things started," he said.

Gayle, who had smacked a century and three half-centuries in the four previous matches, was on 11 when he edged a Tim Southee delivery to slip Rob Nicol.

In New Zealand's innings, opener Nicol top-scored with 59, but it took a 66-run sixth-wicket partnership by Nathan McCullum (50) and keeper BJ Watling (40) to steady the ship during the middle stages.

Watling's knock came at a price, a strained thigh muscle preventing him from fielding and leaving Tom Latham to take over the gloves.

Watling will be assessed over the next 24 hours to determine his availability for the rest of the series.

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  1. 04:29pm Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Who wrote this rubbish ?? A single victory nothing else. It will take at least 20 victories before the Black Sheep and Black sheep supporters can start gloating. For every single win they have there's at least another 20 where they have played like a pack of dicks.

  2. 01:14pm Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Its one game DocMarten, and par for the course for us. We win a few games against the other minnows, and a rare game against the quality sides. Our history in all forms of the game shows that . When we have the likes of a Martin Crowe or a Hadleigh, they drag the average performance up, but we will never aspire to be genuinely world class. Look at the make up of this squad, all journeymen. There is not one who would get into a IVth World XI. Expectation and ambition over realism and ability.

  3. Jordan12:43pm Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    ridiculous...when nicol can score more than the fraud squad...

  4. Russell12:36pm Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Wonder how that happened????????money has changed hands .

  5. tom12:18pm Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    There is no way in the World these Kiwi mugs won this game was thrown at them to keep the Series alive as W.I Cricket survives on local gate takings not TV!!!!!I reckon these mugs will win the next one--then in the sell out Final-they'll be rum and coked into the searing hot sands.

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  6. DocMarten11:49am Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    HA Nothing like a win to cheer you grumpy buggers up..... Yeah Right! I bet You whingers would find something to moan about if you won Lotto pleasing some sad sacks!

  7. Bob11:31am Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse


  8. John11:27am Thursday 12th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Big payout from the bookies to WI


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