Windies see off Taylor to seal series
West Indies withstood a fine century from New Zealand captain Ross Taylor to claim a 24-run victory in the fourth one-day international and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Taylor was the ninth man out for 110 in the penultimate over as New Zealand were bowled out for 240 in pursuit of West Indies’ 264 all out at St Kitts.
The skipper's 115-ball knock, which included half a dozen fours and a quintet of sixes, was more than treble the next-best score from a Black Caps player, which was opener Rob Nicol’s 35, but it was just not enough to take his side past the finishing line.
Tino Best was West Indies’ leading bowler, claiming 4-46 off his 10 overs, including the prized scalp of Taylor, who was caught by Darren Sammy off a skied edge after making his sixth ODI ton.
New Zealand had looked all but out of the contest at 170 for six and needing 95 off the final 11 overs.
However, they battled their way back and, after Taylor had clubbed 21 off the 43rd over from Andre Russell, they required a much more manageable 50 off 42 balls with still four wickets in hand.
West Indies kept their cool, however, and claimed the match and series as Sunil Narine offered good support to Best with 2-20.
Earlier, the Windies recovered well from a poor start after opting to bat.
The hosts had slipped to 20 for three in the seventh over after Tim Southee’s double strike.
But Kieron Pollard’s 56 and useful contributions from Marlon Samuels, Devon Thomas and Russell, who made 46, 37 and 29 respectively, lifted their side to 264 before they were dismissed off the penultimate ball of their innings.