West Indies crash to NZ defeat
West Indies crashed to an 88-run defeat in the third one-day international at Basseterre as New Zealand kept the five-match series alive.
Half-centuries from Rob Nicol and Nathan McCullum and 40 from BJ Watling saw the Black Caps, who had been well beaten in the first two ODIs and the two preceding Twenty20 internationals, to 249 for nine as Andre Russell took four for 57 in St Kitts.
The total was slightly below par in comparison to past scores at the small Warner Park ground but the West Indies, who were using the game to pay tribute to their late team-mate Runako Morton, failed to rise to the occasion as they were bowled out for 161, Russell again the stand-out performer with 42 not out.
The day was declared a public holiday on St Kitts and Nevis and Windies skipper Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo donated their match fees to the family of Nevis-born Morton while the team wore his shirt number, 37, above the crest on their shirts.
After New Zealand were put in, Nicol and Daniel Flynn put on 47 from 49 balls before the latter fell for 28, and Nicol then effortlessly launched Bravo onto the roof at long-on from a free hit.
Nicol brought up a 58-ball half-century with his third six, only to then pop up an easy return catch to Marlon Samuels on 59.
McCullum and Watling took time to build momentum but put together a fifty partnership in 12.1 overs. Watling then lofted Russell for six but then scooped the next ball straight to Sunil Narine at fine leg to end a 47-ball innings also containing four fours.
McCullum reached his half-century from 68 balls, also with four fours and a six, but failed to add to his 50 runs as he holed out in the last over. Tim Southee finished on 17 not out.
The Windies' reply started badly, Johnson Charles (15) becoming Trent Boult's first victim in ODIs while opening partner Chris Gayle was unusually subdued in an innings of 11 from 22 balls with only two boundaries.
Dwayne Smith lifted Southee for six but then skied Jacob Oram into the off side, where McCullum took an excellent catch running back.
Smith's exit for 19 left his side 50 for three and things soon got even worse with a brace of run-outs.
Bravo proved why threes are so rare on the ground's small outfield as he was beaten by Southee's throw and Samuels fell to a magnificent piece of work by the diving Martin Guptill at short cover.
The tall opening batsman then dropped a sharp reaction chance at point offered by Denesh Ramdin but Kieron Pollard was soon dismissed, clipping McCullum to substitute Dean Brownlie on the mid-wicket boundary.
Sammy was caught and bowled by McCullum and Ramdin was trapped in front by Jacob Oram as the hosts slipped to 103 for eight.
Russell went down swinging, hitting two sixes before being dropped by Guptill all in the space of four McCullum deliveries and adding another maximum in the spinner's next over.
But Williamson brilliantly ran out the stranded Narine and, though Russell and Ravi Rampaul took the margin of defeat below 100, the latter holed out to conclude the innings with more than 15 overs wasted.