15 Jul 2012

Black Caps lose One Day series, despite Taylor century

11:12 am on 15 July 2012

The Black Caps have lost their One Day series against the West Indies despite a heroic century from the captain Ross Taylor in St Kitts, in the Caribbean.

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat amassing 264 runs, Kieron Pollard top scored for the hosts with 56.

Tim Southee took the wicket of danger man Chris Gayle for 16 runs thanks to an LBW.

New Zealand got off to a poor start in reply with Martin Guptill going for a duck and Brendon McCullum playing his first match of the West Indies tour, could only add 10 runs.

Taylor, returning from injury, helped steady the ship and started to find the boundary regularly, giving the Blackcaps an outside chance, but he kept losing batting partners.

When Taylor got out for 110 in the 49th over, with only one wicket left, it spelt the end of the run chase.

A few balls later the Black Caps were all out for 240.

The win, means the West Indies have secured the best of five series with three wins to New Zealand's one.