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Black Caps ease home

Kane Williamson hit his second half-century of the match as New Zealand wrapped up a series win with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over West Indies in Hamilton.

The triumph had been set up the day before when the Black Caps bowled out the tourists for 103 in their second innings, but Williamson and Hamish Rutherford, with 56 and an unbeaten 48 respectively, ensured there were no nerves with a stand of 83.

Kane Williamson cuts during a fluent half-century that helped New Zealand wrap up a series victory over West Indies

Their triumph, which arrived after lunch, wrapped up a 2-0 win in the three-match series for Brendon McCullum’s men.

Having seen out two overs the previous day without alarm, New Zealand had a moment of discomfort when Peter Fulton was caught and bowled by West Indies captain Darren Sammy for 10.

Four maidens followed as the Windies piled on the pressure, before Rutherford broke the shackles by cutting Sunil Narine for four.

Thereafter it was plain sailing for New Zealand and Williamson, who took 15 balls to get off the mark, sped past his partner with a couple of boundaries off Narine.

The Black Caps could not quite get the job done before lunch, but Williamson passed 50 after the resumption.

He fell moments before the win was sealed when a Veerasammy Permaul delivery kept low, yet Rutherford drove Narsingh Deonarine for four to wrap up victory.

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