HAMILTON, New Zealand – A brutal spell from fast bowler Neil Wagner, including three wickets and a broken arm, led New Zealand to a comprehensive 240-run victory over West Indies in the second Test at Seddon Park on Tuesday.
The tourists, set a world-record target of 444, folded to be nine for 203 at tea on day four, with Sunil Ambris unable to continue his innings after being forced to retire hurt on five, following a blow to the arm from left-armer Wagner.
The victory, achieved in two sessions, saw a dominant New Zealand wrap up the series 2-0 after winning the first Test by an innings and 67 runs in Wellington two weeks ago.
For West Indies, it also extended their wretched run of failing to win a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.
Roston Chase top-scored with 64, tail-ender Kemar Roach got 32 and debutant left-hander Raymon Reifer chipped in with 29 but West Indies were always up against it once resuming on 30 for two.
The hostile Wagner accounted for most of the damage in the second innings with three for 42 while fellow seamers Trent Boult (2-52) and Tim Southee (2-71), along with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-13) all picked up two wickets each.
Needing opener and captain Kraigg Brathwaite to knuckle down for a long innings, the Windies were disappointed when the right-hander was dismissed in the sixth over of the morning for 20, caught at gully by captain Kane Williamson off Boult, giving the left-armer his 200th Test wicket.
Shai Hope, who made 23, also required on-field medical attention after being on the forearm by a rising Wagner delivery.
When play resumed he attempted an ambitious hook at another short delivery and was caught by Colin de Grandhomme at long leg.
Ambris then found himself in a tangle against Wagner, turning his back on a short one and sustaining a heavy blow on his left arm. He received on-the-field attention and tried to struggle on but was eventually forced to leave the field for scans at hospital, which revealed a break in his ulna bone.
It ended a tough Test baptism for Ambris who was twice dismissed in his first three innings by treading on his stumps.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich lasted two balls after Ambris left, when he fended a Wagner bouncer to Henry Nicholls at short leg without scoring.
However, Chase and Reifer then manufactured a solid 78-run partnership which took West Indies to lunch at 106 for five and kept New Zealand without success for another hour afterwards.
In the second over after the drinks break, Chase went in similar fashion to Hope, pulling a Wagner bouncer to the safe hands of de Grandhomme at deep backward square.
He faced 80 balls and struck eight fours in just under three hours.
Reifer was out soon after for 29 after lasting just over 2-1/2 hours and 109 deliveries, edging a good ball from Southee to give Williamson his second smart catch at gully, and Roach entertained with four fours and a six before Santner cleaned up the last two wickets.
The series now moves to three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s with the tourists to be reinforced with the inclusion of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for all six matches while Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard will play the Twenty20s.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 373
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings 221
NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings 291-8 decl.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 444 runs)
(overnight 30 for two)
*K Brathwaite c Williamson b Boult 20
K Powell c Southee b Boult 0
S Hetmyer c Wagner b Southee 15
S Hope c de Grandhomme b Wagner 23
R Chase c de Grandhomme b Wagner 64
S Ambris ret. hurt 5
+S Dowrich c Nicholls b Wagner 0
R Reifer c Williamson b Southee 29
K Roach b Santner 32
M Cummins c Boult b Santner 9
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras: (lb5, w1) 6
TOTAL (all out, 63.5 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-4 , 2-27, 3-43, 4-68, 4-80, 5-80, 6-158, 7-166, 8-203, 9-203, 10-203.
Bowling: Southee 19-3-71-2, Boult 16-1-52-2, Wagner 15-5-42-3 (w1), de Grandhomme 9-5-20-0, Santner 4.5-0-13-2.
Result: New Zealand won by 240 runs.
Series: New Zealand won two-match series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Ross Taylor.
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Rod Tucker, Bruce Oxenford; TV – Ian Gould.