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Windies breeze past Black Caps

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West Indies required just over an hour on the penultimate day at Sabina Park to complete a five-wicket win over New Zealand that secured a 2-0 series whitewash.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul finished unbeaten on 43 as the hosts, 135 for four overnight, eased to a target of 206.

The vastly experienced left-hander received able support from Kemar Roach, who took his score on to a Test-best 41 after coming in as a nightwatchman yesterday evening.

Kemar Roach

Kemar Roach came close to recording a maiden Test fifty as West Indies eased to victory at Sabina Park to wrap up a 2-0 series success

While West Indies can celebrate a first series win over a nation other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in three years, the result marks a disappointing end to John Wright’s tenure as New Zealand coach.

Wright had already announced his intention to step down at the end of this tour - Mike Hesson has been appointed as his successor - and has now overseen defeats to West Indies in all three forms of the game.

The hosts began the day as favourites, but would surely not have expected Roach to make such a telling contribution with the bat.

After resuming with 10 to his name, the Barbadian adopted an attacking approach and showed a willingness to drive on the up during his entertaining 60-ball knock.

Roach was denied a maiden half-century when he sliced Kane Williamson to point, but the reliable figure of Chanderpaul, who had been content to drop anchor while his partner opened his shoulders, saw West Indies home in the company of Narsingh Deonarine.