Some big performances from some new faces helped the BLACKCAPS cruise to a five-wicket win in the opening GJ Gardner Homes ODI at Cobham Oval in Whangarei.
Todd Astle (3-33) on debut and the returning Doug Bracewell lead the bowling effort, as the West Indies were restricted to 248-8 from their 50 overs.
A 108-run opening partnership between George Worker and Colin Munro set up the successful chase, which was finished off by Ross Taylor (49*) and Todd Astle (15*) with four overs to spare.
Doug Bracewell was named the ANZ Player of the match for his 4-55.
The teams now relocate to Christchurch to finish the One Day series with a Christmas
Doug Bracewell’s first ball back in international cricket after more than a one-year lay-off saw him snare the big wicket of Chris Gayle. The big West Indian was just looking to wind-up when Bracewell slanted one across him to find the edge behind. Two balls later and Shai Hope was on his way for a golden duck, another victim to Bracewell-Latham.
Worth a Note
George Worker looked right at home in his first game for the BLACKCAPS on home soil. He struck eight boundaries in a polished 57 and combined well with the aggressive Munro who smashed 39 off 36 balls.
Congrats to Cobham
Almost six years in the making, Whangarei's first BLACKCAPS international since February 2012 was a success. A healthy crowd filled the banks as the sun shone and the home team did the business. A great start to the white ball home summer!
As it happened...
A wide to finish and the BLACKCAPS claim a clinical 5-wicket win in the opening ODI v West Indies at Cobham Oval in Whangarei.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017
Taylor 49* & Astle 15* reaching 249 with 4 overs to spare.#NZvWI CARD | https://t.co/L5UPRvU6vk … pic.twitter.com/S8RUNDOK2L
Williamson (29) and Taylor (23) doing the business in the middle at the moment.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017
Their partnership is worth 45. BLACKCAPS 163-2 after 28 overs chasing 249 to win. Card | https://t.co/L5UPRvU6vk pic.twitter.com/ZbxxKbgvHM
Perfect Pairing so far 🙌— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017
George Worker (57 off 64) and Colin Munro (45 off 32) have posted an unbeaten 100-run opening stand. BLACKCAPS 104 after 16 overs chasing 249 to win the 1st ODI in Whangarei. #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/zEg3HtisqF
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Some late hitting by Rovman Powell (49) gets the Windies up to 248.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017
Earlier Todd Astle (3-33) claimed the best figures by a NZer on ODI debut, while Doug Bracewell took a career-best 4-55 #NZvWI
CARD | https://t.co/L5UPRvCv6K pic.twitter.com/PudacVgs1G
What a catch! Ross Taylor leaps high into the air and pulls down a brilliant one-handed catch. Another one for Bracewell pic.twitter.com/PjHgpHyTTl— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017
First One Day wicket for Todd Astle and it's a good one!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 19, 2017
Deceives Hetmyer with the googly as he tries to go big but slices it to Ferguson at long-off for 29 ... West Indies 105-3, after 24 overs. #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/e8XQ1zhTdN
ODI debutant Todd Astle gets his first bowl as the West Indies hit drinks at 68-2 after 16 overs. Bracewell has both wickets. Sun is shining and a nice crowd building at Cobham Oval #NZvWI CARD | https://t.co/L5UPRvCv6K pic.twitter.com/hyiNLlyTrk— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 19, 2017
Time for Lockie Ferguson after a mini Chris Gayle onslaught. The big West Indian's smashed a straight six and three fours to move to 22.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 19, 2017
40-0 after 10 overs. Bracewell from the other end. #NZvWIhttps://t.co/L5UPRvCv6K pic.twitter.com/rwpKQIONFq
Underway in Whangarei for 1st ODI of the home summer.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 19, 2017
Tim Southee on the money early - starts with a maiden to Chris Gayle!
Trent Boult from the other end to Evin Lewis.
Live scores - https://t.co/L5UPRvCv6K#NZvWI pic.twitter.com/96yWFODIZL