(CMC) – WOEFUL West Indies ended their ill-fated tour of New Zealand in the same wretched manner in which it started, plummeting to a heavy 119-run defeat in the final Twenty20 International here yesterday.Colin Munro’s record-breaking third career T20I hundred of 104 was the catalyst behind the hosts’ imperious 243 for five off their 20 overs – their highest-ever total in the shortest format.Fellow opener Martin Guptill stroked 63 and Tom Bruce, 23, ensuring New Zealand maintained their momentum to gather the seventh-highest total in T20s.In reply, West Indies produced yet another dismal batting performance, collapsing to a depressing 124 all out in the 17th over.Only Andre Fletcher with a polished 46 from 32 balls showed any sense of purpose, and was one of only three frontline batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20.The Caribbean side’s woes were compounded by the unavailability of Shai Hope who injured his shoulder while fielding and was unable to bat.Not for the first time this tour, the Windies were tormented by seamer Tim Southee (3-21) and new-ball partner Trent Boult (2-29) while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed two for 25, as the Black Caps claimed their biggest-ever win in T20s and the third largest overall.For West Indies, the defeat was their seventh on tour in internationals after losing both Tests, all three one-dayers and two T20s. The second T20I was washed out after just nine overs on New Year’s Day.The reigning T20 World champions have also now lost six of their last 12 matches in the shortest format.Opting to bat first at Bay Oval, New Zealand were propelled by a 136-run opening stand between Munro and Guptill – the country’s third-highest stand for any wicket in T20s.The left-handed Munro was utterly dominant en route to his third score of fifty or more in the series, facing 53 balls and striking three fours and 10 sixes.No Windies bowler was spared from the 30-year-old’s brutal all-out assault, as he raced to his half-century off 26 balls before reaching three figures off 47 deliveries to mark the fastest-ever hundred for New Zealand in T20s and joint sixth-fastest of all-time.He also became the first batsman to score three hundreds in T20Is.Guptill, meanwhile, was more than just a spectator, lashing five fours and a pair of sixes in a 38-ball knock – his 11th half-century in this format.With the Windies bowlers loose, the pair cashed in, plundering 52 off the first five and 118 at the half-way point of the innings.Debutant medium pacer Rayad Emrit’s first two deliveries in T20 cricket were greeted with a couple of leg-side sixes by Munro, in an over which leaked 16 runs and saw the South Africa-born dynamo to his half-century.Guptill eventually edged a wide one from Emrit to fall to a catch at the wicket in the 12th over but Munro and Bruce kept the pressure on the Windies in a 55-run, second-wicket partnership.Even when the hosts lost four wickets for 35 runs in 19 deliveries, the runs kept flowing with 60 runs gushing from the last five overs.The Windies then had a disastrous start to their run chase when Chadwick Walton drove the first ball of the innings from Southee into Munro’s lap at cover.Four balls later, superstar Chris Gayle was surprised by a short ball and gloved a simple catch behind to depart without scoring, leaving the Windies tottering on one run for two wickets.Fletcher and Rovman Powell (16) then staged the best partnership of the innings, putting on 41 for the third wicket.The right-handed Fletcher struck four fours and three sixes – two of which were sweetly-timed back-to-back inside out blows over extra cover in the sixth over by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen which went for 20 runs.Powell holed out to cover off Kitchen in the fourth over and Shimron Hetmyer was tragically run-out for seven in the fifth over, leaving West Indies on 49 for four.Fletcher posted 31 off 20 balls for the fifth wicket with captain Carlos Brathwaite (15) to temporarily stem the flow of wickets but once the Grenadian missed a heave at a straight one from Sodhi and was bowled off-stump, the last four wickets tumbled for 44 runs.SCOREBOARDNEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill c wkp. Walton b Emrit 63C. Munro c Hetmyer b Brathwaite 104T. Bruce b Brathwaite 23A. Kitchen run-out 9K. Williamson b Taylor 19G. Phillips not out 7M. Santner not out 6Extras: (lb-4, w-7, nb-1) 12Total: (5 wkts, 20 overs) 243Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-191, 3-204, 4-226, 5-226.Bowling: Taylor 4-0-53-1, Badree 4-0-51-0, Nurse 4-0-43-0, Brathwaite 4-0-50-2, Emrit 4-0-42-1.WEST INDIES inningsC. Walton c Munro b Southee 0C. Gayle c wkp. Phillips b Southee 0A. Fletcher b Sodhi 46R. Powell c Williamson b Kitchen 16S. Hetmyer run-out 7C. Brathwaite c Bruce b Boult 15A. Nurse not out 14R. Emrit lbw b Sodhi 5J. Taylor c Santner b Boult 13S. Badree c Bruce b Southee 2S. Hope did not batExtras: (w-4, nb-2) 6Total: (9 wkts, 16.3 overs) 124Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-42, 4-49, 5-80, 6-92, 7-99, 8-114, 9-124.Bowling: Southee 2.3-0-21-3, Boult 4-0-29-2 (w-3, nb-2), Kitchen 4-0-33-1 (w-1), Santner 2-0-16-0, Sodhi 4-0-25-2.Result: New Zealand won by 119 runs.Series: New Zealand won three-match series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Colin Munro.Man-of-the-Series: Colin Munro.
The Legal Affairs Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers has defended its decision to fire the Deputy Solicitor, Prithima Kissoon, and claims she mishandled a number of key Government cases, including a case related to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima KissoonShe was the subject of a 15-month long investigation by the Legal Affairs Ministry. Kissoon broke her silence and accused Attorney General Basil Williams of a whole host of workplace atrocities, causing her to lodge a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) in January of this year.She was handed a termination letter six hours before the life of the Commission came to an end on August 31, without that constitutional body looking into the complaint.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, in his defence of the firing of Kissoon in a public missive, has since accused her of bungling numerous high profile cases, in addition to other acts of dereliction of duty and insubordination.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsThe Ministry confirmed that the Deputy Solicitor was targeted in an investigation from November 2015 to January 2017, “after it was discovered that Ms Kissoon, who was tasked with the responsibility of conducting cases of grave importance to the State’s interest, had committed several breaches and violations under the rules and regulations of the Public Service Commission.”The Ministry contends the breaches include improper preparation and drafting of legal documents, disobeying instructions, failing to attend court in several critical matters, gross dishonesty in official dealings, improper conduct and dereliction of duties.The Attorney General’s Chambers in the statement on Friday said that Minister Williams blames Kissoon for not being present in court for key cases as well as misleading himself and others over the matter.Kissoon broke her silence this week, as the very public spat between the Attorney General and her came to a crossroads on the August 31, 2017.Lamenting the situation, the now former Deputy Solicitor General in her now public statement said, “A new PSC will convene and the complaint against the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, SC will never have been addressed.”According to Kissoon, “my good name has been filched, my character assassinated, my career that I worked so hard to build in the public service for the past 10 years lays shattered at my feet but my integrity and ethics are rock solid.