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Graig's dream comes true as Black Caps win

Friday, June 13, 2014

CRIK:WELLINGTON, - Offspinner Mark Craig's dream debut continued as New Zealand wrapped up a 186-run win in the first Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Set 403 for the victory, the West Indies crumbled to 216 all out late on the fourth day, tailender Shane Shillingford restoring some respectability with an unbeaten 53 as he put on 82 for the last wicket with Sulieman Benn.

Craig picked up 4-91 in the first innings as the West Indies were bowled out for 262 chasing New Zealand's 7-508 declared, then backed up with 4-97 in a sterling second innings effort. It was the best performance on debut by a New Zealand bowler, bettering Paul Wiseman's 7-143 in 1998 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

It was also just the second Test win for New Zealand in the West Indies, the first coming in 2002 with a 204-run win in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The Black Caps had earlier struggled in their second innings, resuming day four at 2-14 and losing early wickets as nightwatchman Ish Sodhi and Ross Taylor fell in successive balls without adding to the overnight total. Craig claimed the next three wickets after play resumed, beginning with Kirk Edwards who looped a bat-pad catch to Jimmy Neesham at leg gully for 14.

The West Indies continued to lose wickets regularly, Craig picking up his fourth when he dismissed Kemar Roach late in the 36th over to leave the home team 7-115.

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