Cricket: Kiwis Take Three ODI’S

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: New Zealand on Saturday completed a three-win sweep of the One Day International matches against the West Indies cricket side, beating the visitors by 21 runs in their third ODI match-up at the Jade Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Kiwi men, batting first, reached 276 for six off their allotted 50 overs with Nathan Astle scoring a massive 118 not out. The Windies in reply were wrapped up for 255 in 49 overs. Vice-skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan was the top scorer with 65 while Runako Morton was the lone other Windies cricketer to pass the half-century mark, with 58. Skipper Shiv Chanderpaul, who has had a poor three games so far, went leg before wicket for a mere 4.

Ian Bradshaw was the pick of the Windies bowlers, bagging 3 for 41 while New Zealand’s Jeetan Patel and Shane Bond shone for their side, bagging 3 for 42 and 3 for 47, respectively.

The latest loss by the Windies has been greeted with disappointment by head coach Bennett King. King, whose contract with the team is being scrutinized by a panel appointed by the West Indies Cricket Board, told, “The last couple of games I felt really disappointed. We’ve been in positions to win and we’ve managed to find a way not to.”

He added, “I think that we just have to be smarter in some of the things we do and really knuckle down and take to heart, take to mind, take to brain some of the tactics that we’ve got in place and we’ll be fine. We can’t just keep calling it ‘we’ll be better with experience. We’ve got to start turning this around. I think we’re getting closer but still not getting to the goal.”

The fourth ODI is at Napier on Wednesday with the final game at Auckland next Saturday. –