Shillingford hits fastest fifty
But West Indies lose First Test match against New Zealand by 186 runs
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dominican off-spinner Shane Shillingford hit the fastest fifty by a West Indian in Tests Wednesday, but New Zealand completed a first ever Test win at Sabina Park after humiliating the West Indies by 186 runs in the opening match of the Test series.
Batting at number 11, Shillingford top scored with a Test-best 52 from only 25 balls. It was also the second fastest 50 in the history of Test cricket.
Set the impossible target of 403 for victory after New Zealand declared on 156-8, the West Indies collapsed for 216 on a wearing fourth-day pitch to hand the visitors only their second Test win in the Caribbean.
Scores: New Zealand 508-7 dec (174.3 overs) & 156-8 dec (60.5 overs); West Indies 262 (81.2 overs) & 216 (47.4 overs).
Craig, the Man-of-the-Match awardee, took 4-97 off 15 overs and eight wickets in the match.
The second Test match is scheduled to be played at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad & Tobago from June 16-20.