New Zealand clinch series

Wednesday 03rd January 2018 06:50 EST

A career best seven for 34 by Trent Boult destroyed the West Indies as New Zealand wrapped up their one-day international series. Boult had three for six after his first three overs as the West Indies fell apart at the start of their innings after being set an imposing 326-run target. The tourists struggled through to 121 before Boult finished off the tail to give New Zealand victory by 204 runs to go with their five-wicket win in the first ODI. When Boult had finished off the West Indies top order, Lochie Ferguson plucked out the middle with three wickets in 10 deliveries, including Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell with successive balls.

New Zealand, sent into bat first, posted a healthy 325 for six after an impressive final 10 overs by Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle which produced 103 runs. Nicholls, given out lbw on 22 but reinstated on review when replays showed the ball would have missed the stumps, went on to be unbeaten on 83 at the close. Astle went for 49 in the final over after the pair had put on a whirlwind 130 for the sixth wicket.

George Worker and Colin Munro gave New Zealand a flying start, reaching 50 off 40 deliveries before Sheldon Cottrell removed Munro (30) and his replacement Neil Broom (six) in quick succession.

Brief scores: New Zealand 325 for 6 in 50 overs (G Worker 58, C Munro 30, R Taylor 57, H Nicholls 83 no, T Astle 49; Cottrell 3-62, Holder 2-52. West Indies 121 in 28 overs (A Nurse 27; T Boult 7-34, Ferguson 3-17).

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