Debutant Mark Craig took four wickets on the fourth day at Sabina Park as New Zealand claimed a 186-run victory over the West Indies with a day to spare.
Spinner Craig, whose early career was blighted by chronic fatigue syndrome, doubled his match tally by taking four wickets, after seamer Tim Southee struck two crucial blows before tea, as West Indies were bowled out for 216 chasing a target of 403 in the first of three Tests.
Craig came to the fore in the evening session before part-time bowler Kane Williamson claimed the final wicket in the last over of the day, after a prolonged period of belligerent resistance from No 11 Shane Shillingford.
Fresh from an excellent effort in the first innings when he claimed 4-19, Southee removed openers Kieran Powell and Chris Gayle before tea after Brendan McCullum declared the Black Caps' second innings at 156-8.
His efforts left the home side struggling at 15-2 at the interval after they were set a daunting target of 403 on the fourth afternoon of the match.
Powell fell without scoring, caught at short midwicket by Tom Latham without scoring while Gayle, who went past 7,000 runs in Test cricket in getting off the mark with a boundary, departed in the seamer's next over.
For the few fans gathered at Sabina Park hoping for a monumental effort from their hero in his 100th Test match, his swift demise was only start of the gloom.
Kirk Edwards added just 14 before he became off-break bowler Craig’s first victim of the day when he was caught by Jimmy Neesham.
Darren Bravo (12) and Marlon Samuels took Craig’s match tally to seven wickets as they both fell in the same over, the latter caught by Latham for a second-ball duck.
And when Ish Sodhi trapped Shivnarine Chanderpaul lbw for 24, West Indies were 76-6 and New Zealand were racing towards only their second win in 16 Test matches in the Caribbean.
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach offered some resistance with a 39-run partnership before the latter was caught behind for 19 as New Zealand applied for the extra half-hour.
After hitting six fours on his way a 62-ball 34, wicketkeeper-batsman Ramdin was cleaned bowled by Sodhi (3-42) as he attempted to sweep and with the hosts 121-8 Jerome Taylor offered some consolation for the hardy souls who opted to stay behind.
The opening bowler smashed two sixes and a four on his way to 18 before being caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off the bowling of Sodhi, but the final wicket eluded New Zealand as Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn set a Sabina Park record with a 10th wicket partnership of 77 .
Batting at No 11, Shillingford put the tourists’ celebrations on hold by striking the second fastest half century in Test cricket as he reached 52 from 25 balls with five huge sixes.
McCullum opted to introduce part-time spinner Williamson into the attack for the final over of the day and it proved to be an inpsired move as they avoided returning for a fifth day as Benn (25) was caught behind to bring the West Indies innings to a close at 216.
Earlier, it was Latham's workmanlike innings of 73 - his second half-century of the match - that held the New Zealand second innings together after a double-strike by Taylor reduced the visitors to 14-4.
Taylor hit the back pads of nightwatchman Sodhi and Ross Taylor with consecutive deliveries in the second over of the day, both were dead lbw.
While his team-mates in the top order continued to struggle, Latham remained disciplined and defiant throughout his innings respecting the excellent opening spells of Taylor and Roach with the relatively new ball.
It was only with the declaration imminent that he attempted any exaggerated aggression, falling to a catch at slip by Gayle when he chased a wide delivery off Roach to end his four-hour-long occupation of the crease.
Craig then smashed the first delivery he faced in Test cricket for six to take New Zealand's lead above 400, prompting the declaration at 156-8.