ST JOHN’S, Antigua, March 29, 2007 (AFP) – Jacob Oram and Scott Styris starred in New Zealand’s seven-wicket win over the West Indies as the Black Caps began their Super Eight campaign in style at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here Thursday. For the West Indies this was a second comprehensive defeat in as many days after their 103-run reverse against reigning champions Australia and now the hosts face a major struggle to qualify for the semi-finals.
Chasing 178 to win, New Zealand finished on 179 for three with more than 10 overs to spare.
Styris was 80 not out – his third fifty of this tournament – with Craig McMillan unbeaten on 33 as the experienced duo shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 102.
Victory had been all but assured by a disciplined bowling display that saw New Zealand dismiss the West Indies for 177 with 32 balls left in the innings.
Oram took three for 23, his treble behind a slump that saw three top-order wickets lost for 15 runs in six overs.
Fast bowler Shane Bond had three for 31 and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who late on took two wickets in two balls, finished with three for 39.
Impressive wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum led a fine fielding effort with four catches.