Sammy delights in series win
Captain Darren Sammy was thrilled with the way the West Indies played in the second Test against New Zealand, insisting the entire unit rather than one single star performance contributed to their five-wicket win.
The match finished a day earlier than planned as the Windies easily scored the 206 required for victory after dismissing the Black Caps for 154 in their second innings. They needed only 71 runs on the final day, and made them in under 90 minutes in the morning session.
Sammy was pleased that, while Chris Gayle failed to fire this time, his other players came to the party and made sure of the win - like Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine and Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 43 not out on day four.
Sammy said of winning the game: "It's a feeling we are getting used to, and it feels quite good. The way Marlon held the innings together in both innings, that spell from Narsingh yesterday, the performances are coming from different players at different time, that's the hallmark of a good team.
"We have bowled them out every time we have played them this series, the efforts of Tino yesterday morning set the tone for us. The next assignment is the World T20, we have gotten the feeling of what it is like to win, but we have to continue to work hard.
"The last year or two has been tough for us, we are going to celebrate this day, but it is about continuous hard work."
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor was understandably less enthused, pointing out his side's poor batting performances and dire lack of centuries on this tour. He did have some kind words for the bowlers, though.
He said: "It's been a disappointing tour all round, we have had our chances in this match, in several matches this tour.
"The batting needs to take a good hard look at ourselves. There are some positives, the bowlers bowled well on a tough wicket. We needed to set them 270-300 on what was a fourth-day wicket.
"I think (our batsmen) shouldn't be satisfied with 50 and 60s, we are a young team, we are getting better every now and then."
Both the Man of the Match and Player of the Series came from the home camp, with fast bowler Roach taking the overall prize and Samuels awarded the match accolade.