Hyped Newzealand spank hapless Windies
There were times that the shots played reminded viewers of a T-20 encounter as West Indies engaged New Zealand in the first teas match in the current series on Tuesday 3rd December.
The West Indies team won the toss and Captain Darren Sammy must have regretted the decision to send the opposition in as two batsmen got half centuries and another two were undefeated on a ton each at the end of the day’s play.
Captain Brendon Mc Cullum took just 122 balls to rack up 109 not out which included 14 fours and three maximums. Ross Taylor was a little more sedate but classy to be 103 not out from 157 balls with 14 boundaries.
The West Indies bowlers were all expensive on a hard dry track with the wicket takers being: Sammy 1 for 68; Shillingford 1 for 88 and Best 1 for 87.
New Zealand more than comfortably placed at the end of day one on 367 for 3. The West Indies team will be hoping for a change of fortunes when the match resumes on day two.
Summarized scores: New Zealand 367 for 3: Brendon Mc Cullum 109*; Ross Taylor 103*; Rutherford 62; Fulton 61