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NZ seals win over Windies

Monday, December 23, 2013

HAMILTON - New Zealand's batting mainstay Ross Taylor was fittingly unbeaten when the Black Caps completed an eight-wicket third Test win over the West Indies in Hamilton on Sunday.

A classy Kane Williamson half-century steered the Kiwis to victory early in the second session of the fourth day but it was apt that Taylor was in the middle as the victory target of 122 was reached.

Taylor was two not out to take his series runs tally to 495 and his efforts and those of new ball pair Trent Boult and Tim Southee ensured the home side claimed the three Test series 2-0.

After the pace duo combined to skittle the tourists for 103 on the third day, the hosts knocked off the total shortly after lunch at Seddon Park.

They lost Peter Fulton early and Williamson fell for 56 with six runs still required, leaving it to Hamish Rutherford to hit the winning boundary to finish unbeaten on 48 with Taylor alongside him.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was quick to praise the contribution of Taylor after his 131 in the first innings helped dig them out of hole after winning the toss and bowling.

"When we saw it turning and bouncing there was a bit of concern, thankfully we were able to get as close to their score as we did with Ross playing another world-class innings."

Taylor helped help the hosts get to 349 in reply to the tourists' 367 and enjoyed a prolific series, scoring an unbeaten 217 and two centuries and only missed out by six runs from overhauling the most Test runs in a calendar year by a New Zealand batsman.