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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 July, 2004, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
Kiwis celebrate NatWest win
NatWest Series final, Lord's: West Indies 159 all out (41.2 overs) lost to New Zealand 266 by 107 runs

Spinner Daniel Vettori claimed a career-best 5-30

New Zealand ended their tour of England on a high after a 107-run win at Lord's clinched the NatWest Series.

Spinner Daniel Vettori claimed a career-best 5-30 and was responsible for two run-outs as West Indies were dismissed for 159 in a rain-hit match.

Chris Harris also took his 200th one-day wicket with victory in sight.

New Zealand posted 266 despite losing their last seven wickets for 49 runs after openers Stephen Fleming (67) and Nathan Astle (50) put on 120 together.

We felt a little nervous of being 15 to 20 runs short
Stephen Fleming
But their total seemed in danger until the Kiwi bowlers applied a stranglehold.

Wickets fell at key times to thwart the West Indies' plan of forming a platform to build on later.

Just before the fourth and final break for rain, Vettori was involved in three dismissals in the space of five overs that effectively finished the contest.

His direct throw from point beat Devon Smith to the non-striker's end after the opener had made a career-best, if overly-cautious, 44.

He then trapped Brian Lara lbw for 30 and had Dwayne Bravo snagged at midwicket to leave the Caribbean side five wickets down, still needing 161 with 21 overs left.

Despite being asked to bat first, New Zealand had their eyes set on 300 on a pitch being used for the second time in a week.

First slip Chris Gayle should have snared Fleming on seven when the New Zealand skipper, who went on to make 67, edged Tino Best.

The better team won the tournament
Brian Lara
Fleming was eventually out when he pushed Bravo to Gayle at gully - and Astle followed in similar fashion six overs later.

Brian Lara, playing in a national record 239th one-day international, utilised his part-time bowlers well to prevent the expected acceleration late in the innings.

And the final six wickets fell in eight overs for the addition of 33.

Medium-pacer Dwayne Smith bowled his 10 overs in two spells in the middle of the innings, conceding just 27.

Stephen Fleming
Fleming laid the foundations, enjoying some luck in his 67
Hamish Marshall and Craig McMillan then pushed the rate to around six per over, but West Indies were apparently happy simply to block the boundaries and wait.

Marshall, on 44, got a leading edge to cover off Gayle when he tried to get down the wicket to the spinner.

After a delay for rain, McMillan lofted a catch to deep extra cover after making 52, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the catch despite a team-mate running into him.

The dismissal exposed a lower order packed with batting pedigree but unable to adjust to the slow-bowling fare.

When New Zealand took to the field, their bowling and fielding were meticulous.

And in the 42nd over, just before 2000 BST, McMillan took the catch at long on to dismiss Chanderpaul for 30, prompting celebrations in the Kiwi camp.


New Zealand:: Stephen Fleming (capt), Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Gareth Hopkins (wkt), Daniel Vettori, Ian Butler.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara (capt), Ricardo Powell, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Ridley Jacobs (wkt), Ian Bradshaw, Tino Best.


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