Roach and Gayle steer Windies to win

Updated: July 30, 2012

The pace of Kemar Roach and the confidence of Chris Gayle led West Indies to a nine-wicket victory in the first of their two-test series against struggling New Zealand on Sunday in Antigua.

Roach took 5-60 with a fine spell of pace bowling which ripped the heart out of New Zealand’s middle order and then Gayle, who struck 150 in the first innings, eased the Caribbean side to their target of 102 with a solid, unbeaten 64.

It was just the third win for West Indies in 34 tests since their victory over England in Jamaica in February, 2009.

West Indies 522 (Gayle 150, Powell 134, Deonarine 79) and 102 for 1 (Gayle 64*) beat New Zealand 351 (Guptill 97, Narine 5-132) and 272 (Guptill 67, McCullum 84, Roach 5-60) by nine wickets