New Zealand defeated West Indies today to win their first series away from home against an ICC top- eight nation. They won the series 2-1.

West Indies top batsmen struggled throughout the final day of the Third Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Only Shane Shillingford and Jason Holder shared a 77-run eight wicket partnership to give West Indies hope of saving the match but when Holder fell for 52, the only half-century of the West Indies second innings, only rain, which threatened throughout the final day, could save West Indies from defeat. But the rain did not bother.

Shillingford ended with 30 not out.

Earlier New Zealand had declared overnight with a lead of 307.

New Zealand 1st Innings: 293 All Out (78.2 Overs). James Neesham 78, Mark Craig 46*, Ross Taylor 45, Kane Williamson 45; Sulieman Benn 26.2-1-93-5, Kemar Roach 18-2-61-4, Jason Holder 10-4-24-0, Shane Shillingford 13-0-53-0.

West Indies 1st Innings: 317 All Out (97.1 Overs). Kraigg Brathwaite 68, Kirk Edwards 58, Denesh Ramdin*+ 45, Chris Gayle 42; Neil Wagner 27-7-64-4, James Neesham 6.1-1-12-2, Trent Boult 23-5-71-2, Tim Southee 21-8-63-1.

New Zealand 2nd Innings: 331/7 Declared (89.1 Overs). Kane Williamson 161, James Neesham 51, Bradley-John Watling+ 29, Brendon McCullum 25; Kemar Roach 19.1-4-55-4, Jason Holder 10-2-26-2, Jerome Taylor 16-4-54-1, Sulieman Benn 26-1-94-0.

West Indies 2nd Innings: 254 All Out (82.2 Overs). Jason Holder 52, Darren Bravo 40, Shane Shillingford 30, Denesh Ramdin*+ 29; Tim Southee 16-4-28-3, Trent Boult 16.2-1-48-3, Mark Craig 28-7-84-3, Neil Wagner 16-3-50-1.

New Zealand won by 53

The tour continues on Saturday and Sunday with two T20 matches at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica.