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New Zealand gets NatWest Trophy as West Indies folds


Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori snared Brian Lara on his way to a career-best five-wicket haul and also ran out two batsmen on Saturday as New Zealand romped to the NatWest Trophy with a 107-run victory over the West Indies.

The West Indies, chasing a target of 267 in the final, slid to 159 all out off 41.2 overs as Vettori took five for 30 off 9.2 overs to lead a high quality New Zealand bowling and fielding performance.

Devon Smith topscored with 44 and Lara provided a promising 30. But Vettori broke the left-handed pairs stand of 53 by running out Smith and quickly claimed Lara as the New Zealanders never relinquished their ascendancy.

"I've not had too many wickets to bowl on but to come to Lord's and do the job is pretty special," Vettori said. "It was one of those days. You could bowl like that all the time and not get the results."

Earlier, skipper Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle hit half centuries as their opening stand of 120 anchored the Kiwis total of 266 all out in 49.2 overs.

"This victory had an important context," Fleming said. ``The first part of the tour was pretty forgettable. But we're too good a side not to get something out of the tour."

Lara, whose team twice beat host England, said his team shouldn't have let New Zealand score so many runs.

"We were disappointing in the field," he said. "A lot of ones turned into twos and a few chances were dropped. [New Zealand] have gone unbeaten. England have been inconsistent and we only won two games. On our day we can beat anybody but we need to be more consistent."

Fleming spearheaded the early charge with a run-a-ball 67 that was spiced with nine fours. Astle, who struck seven boundaries, contributed a solid 57 off 81 balls.

Hamish Marshall (44) and Craig McMillan (52) held together the middle order but the West Indies dominated the tail-end of the innings.

New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 49 runs as they failed to build on a promising score of 217 for three in the 40th over.

Ramnaresh Sarwan grabbed a career-best three for 31 off six overs of leg spin. Fast bowler Tino Best bounced back from an early mauling to claim two crucial wickets.

The West Indies reply was never allowed to fully rev up once they lost in-form Chris Gayle in the third over.

Gayle, who scored a match-winning 132 not out against England, edged to second slip. Scott Styris held a fine, low catch to his right to set high fielding standards that the Kiwis maintained throughout.

Opener Smith and Sarwan revived the innings in a stand of 40 of 66 balls before the first of three run outs damaged the West Indies.

Non-striker Sarwan was sent back too late by Smith as Chris Harris' accurate return from cover to the bowler found the vice-captain short.

Smith and Lara again consolidated in a stand of 53 of 66 balls before Vettori took over.

His run out of Smith engineered a slide as the West Indies lost three wickets for eight runs.

A direct hit at the bowler's end from short third man ended Smith's career-best of 44 off 73 balls. The left-hander hit four fours.

Soon afterwards, Vettori was celebrating the more crucial wicket of Lara.

Next over, Dwayne Bravo chipped Vettori to midwicket where Scott Styris snatched the catch in his right hand.

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