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Debutant Craig stars in NZ win

Kingston: Off-spinner Mark Craig captured the best figures by a New Zealand bowler on debut as the visitors beat the West Indies by 186 runs late on the fourth day of the first Test, at Sabina Park, on Wednesday.

The hosts were bowled out for 216 after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had asked for an additional 30 minutes of play when they reduced West Indies to 115 for seven with four overs remaining in the regulation day’s play.

Craig finished with four for 97 and match figures of eight for 188, the best from a New Zealand bowler on debut, as the hosts were dismissed in the final over of the day, chasing an improbable 403 runs for victory.

“A perfect Test for us,” McCullum said. “Obviously, a crucial toss to win and to put 500 on the board (in the first innings) allowed us to dictate the game. It didn’t feel easy throughout the Testů They certainly presented us with some tough challenges... We absorbed pressure at times. I an’t fault how we played the game.”

Tim Southee had torn the top off the hosts’ second innings on Wednesday with two wickets while Craig and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared the wickets in the final session with Sodhi taking three for 42 as New Zealand won just their second Test in the Caribbean.