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West Indies v New Zealand
Antigua, 29 March 2007

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Scott Styris
Styris walks off after a job well done
New Zealand's hero Scott Styris was typically modest after inspiring his team to an emphatic seven-wicket win over the West Indies in Antigua.

Styris hit an unbeaten 80 to see the Black Caps to their target of 178.

Styris said: "I struggled a bit early on, and I kept getting the ball on the splice or off the bottom of the bat.

"But because we were only chasing 170-odd I knew I didn't have to take any risks - I could take my time and get going gradually."

New Zealand's win gives them an excellent chance of making the semi-finals of the World Cup, as they now have four points.

Every time I can contribute I'm very happy

Scott Styris

The West Indies, however, were poor throughout and are now struggling to make the semis.

Styris took the key wicket of skipper Brian Lara for 37 as the hosts were bowled out for 177, and he finished with figures of 1-35 from his 10 overs.

He said: "In the first ten overs the ball swung around a lot, but it then flattened out and Chris Gayle looked dangerous.

"But the guys bowled really well as a group and that saw us through.

"I bowled as well today as I have since coming back from injury. Every time I can contribute I'm very happy."



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