CRUSHED

West Indies' batsman Jermaine Blackwood celebrates making a century against New Zealand during play on day four of their cricket test in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.
Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via Associated Press

Despite batsman Jermaine Blackwood scoring his second Test century, West Indies suffered a crushing innings and 134-run defeat inside four days of the opening Test at Seddon Park in New Zealand on Sunday.

Unbeaten on 80 overnight, the 29-year-old Jamaican reached triple figures approaching the first hour of the day, before being eight out for 104, as the regional team collapsed to 247 all out in their second innings 40 minutes before lunch.

Tail-ender Alzarri Joseph, who resumed overnight on 59, batted for his career-best 86 but once he departed in the second over following the drinks break, West Indies lost their last two wickets without a run on the board as wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich did not bat because of a broken finger, which ruled him out of the last two innings.

West Indies’ batsman Jermaine Blackwood, left, kneels as his batting partner, Alzarri Joseph, walks off after being dismissed for 86 runs against New Zealand during play on day four of their cricket Test in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.  Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via Associated Press

West Indies defeat extended the regional team’s nightmare run on New Zealand soil as they have not won a Test in their last 13 appearances.

Left-arm pace bowler, Neil Wagner claimed two wickets to fall — including that of Blackwood’s — to end with four for 66 while the six-footer Kyle Jamieson finished with two for 42.

West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and sent in New Zealand to bat in overcast conditions after slight rain interrupted the start for about 15 minutes.

West Indies bowlers toiled on the first two days in which New Zealand scored a mammoth 519 for seven declared

Captain Kane Williamson scored a double century (251), surpassing his previous career best of 242 against Sri Lanka in Wellington six years ago, before passing 250 in the same over and perishing immediately after.

West Indies was bowled out for 138 in their first innings and was asked to following on and managed to score 234 in their second innings to make New Zealand win by 134 runs with a day and a half to spare.

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