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NZ win third cricket Test

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WELLINGTON - Attacking captaincy from Brendon McCullum and an inspired bowling effort have carried New Zealand to a Test series-clinching win over the West Indies.

The Black Caps won the third Test in Bridgetown by 53 runs on Monday after dismissing the hosts for 254 on a tense final day, handing them a 2-1 series victory.

It is their first offshore series win against any tier-one opponent since 2002.

McCullum set the tone by declaring overnight at 7-331, leaving man of the match Kane Williamson unbeaten on 161.

It proved beyond them as seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee snared three wickets each, as did offspinner Mark Craig, who completed a memorable debut series.

The other wicket fell to seamer Neil Wagner, who claimed four scalps in the first innings.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo added 50 for the fourth wicket before Chanderpaul dismissal.

It is the first time in 155 Tests that Chanderpaul has been stumped and also provided Black Caps wicketkeeper BJ Watling with his first stumping, having previously claimed 73 Test catches.

Three wickets fell in the first session and four in the second, with New Zealand's progress stymied by two short breaks for rain.

Stubborn tailend resistance on a pitch offering variable bounce threatened to save the Test for the hosts.

Jason Holder and Shane Shillingford survived more than 22 overs before Craig struck, bowling Holder between his legs on 52.

Wagner removed Sulieman Benn and Boult trapped No.11 Jerome Taylor lbw, securing victory with more than 13 overs to spare.

New Zealand won the first Test in Kingston by 186 runs and lost by 10-wickets in the second Test.

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