Daniel Richardson is a Wellington-based sports journalist for NZME. News Service.

Cricket: Black Caps lose second test, series

Kemar Roach, left, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided West Indies to victory. Photo / AP
Kemar Roach, left, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided West Indies to victory. Photo / AP

New Zealand failed to conjure up any fourth day magic as they were soundly beaten by the West Indies in their second and final cricket test at Sabina Park in Jamaica this morning (Mon NZT).

The West Indies began the day on 135-4 in search of 206 for victory with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul and night watchman Kemar Roach at the crease.

Only part-time spinner Kane Williamson enjoyed any success today as he dismissed Roach for 41 but normal service resumed shortly after for the home side as Chanderpaul finish unbeaten on 43 to guide his side to victory.

Chanderpaul's valuable not out also pushed his career batting average above 50 again and he owns a mark of 50.20 from 144 tests.

The result gave the West Indies a 2-0 series victory and it was a disappointing note for outgoing New Zealand coach John Wright to finish on.

New Zealand put themselves under pressure in the test when they were bowled out for 154 in their second innings, where they failed to take advantage of a 51-run first innings lead.

West Indies spinners Narsingh Deonarine (4-37) and Sunil Narine (3-19) did the damage and New Zealand couldn't find an answer.

The Kiwi batsmen will be under the microscope after not a single player scored a century in the series and skipper Ross Taylor said at the post-match presentation they needed to be better.

"It's been a disappointing tour all round, we have had our chances in this match, in several matches this tour," Taylor said.

"The batting needs to take a good hard look at ourselves. There are some positives, the bowlers bowled well on a tough wicket. We needed to set them 270-300 on what was a fourth-day wicket. I think [our batsmen] shouldn't be satisfied with 50-60s, we are a young team, we are getting better every now and then."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his side were ecstatic to wrap up the series and praised the efforts of Marlon Samuels who made a crucial 123 in his side's first innings total of 209.

"It's a feeling we are getting used to, and it feels quite good. The way Marlon held the innings together in both innings, that spell from Narsingh yesterday, the performances are coming from different players at different time, that's the hallmark of a good team. We have bowled them out every time we have played them this series, the efforts of Tino [Best] yesterday morning set the tone for us. The next assignment is the World T20, we have gotten the feeling of what it is like to win, but we have to continue to work hard. Last year or two has been tough for us, we are going to celebrate this day, but it is about continuous hard work."

New Zealand's next international assignment is a short tour to India later this month to play two tests and a pair of Twenty20 fixtures.


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