Blackcaps v West Indies: New Zealand secure emphatic first test win over West Indies

The Blackcaps have claimed an emphatic victory in the opening test against the West Indies in Hamilton. 

The NZ bowlers picked up the final three wickets early on day four to clinch victory by an innings and 134 runs. 

West Indies resumed day four on 196/6 and batsman Jermaine Blackwood (104) and Alzarri Joseph (86) put up a fight for the first hour.

Blackwood notched his second test century, before Kyle Jamieson had him caught at short fine leg, setting the stage for Neil Wagner to wrap up the final three wickets and the match in the space of 10 balls.

The Blackcaps victory was founded on their massive first innings total of 519/7, with Kane Williamson's career-high 251 setting the platform for the win.

New Skipper Kane Williamson was proud of his sides performance coming up against a strong and determinded West indies side.

"We knew the West Indies coming here were going to be a tough challenge and we were fortunate to get off to a really good start in this match and hold that position," Williamson says.

"It was a really good collective effort but something twe need to build on as we know every game is different.

"We know how strong this West indies side is and it's important we take some learnings from this and look forward to the next one."  

The Blackcaps bowlers starred on day three, picking up a total of 15 wickets to swing the tide irreversibly in the hosts' favour.  

Southee led the way with 4/35 in the first innings, while Jamieson showed he is a star for the future with 2/25, after also chipping in an undefeated 51 with the bat.

The Kiwis ripped through the tourists in the evening session, at one stage reducing them to 89/6.

The West Indies' middle order finally put up some fight through Blackwood and Joseph's seventh-wicket stand of 155.

"It was great the guys stuck with it, sometimes when you hit your areas and the ball is moving around a bit and you take the edge, you sometimes get a bit ahead of yourself," Williamson says. "It was a great lesson, to get back to being very patient with ball in hand and know if you are in those areas for long enough you will create opportunities." 

In the second innings, Wagner also shone with the ball, taking 4/66, while Jamieson again chipped in with 2/42 to underline his value.

The sides will go at it again on Friday, when the second and final test begins at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

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