Saturday 7 December 2013 

West Indies Fight Back, Then Rain Denies New Zealand

Shane Shillingford bowling
Shane Shillingford took four wickets in the closing stages of the game to stall New Zealand's progress
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New Zealand 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with
West Indies 213 & 507 (Bravo 218)
First Test, Dunedin
Scorecard | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

There was no play after tea due to rain on the final day of the first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies, meaning the match was drawn with the home side needing just 33 more runs to win.

West Indies continued their battling fightback despite Darren Bravo falling early for 218, and were eventually bowled out for 507 to set New Zealand a target of 112.

Shane Shillingford then took four wickets to slow the progress of the Black Caps and although they went to tea on 79 for four and looking set for victory, the weather closed in and prevented any further play.

Bravo fell when he was bowled by Trent Boult having added just eight runs in the morning but West Indies, through Darren Sammy's 80 in 145 balls, continued their rally, building their slender lead and taking time out of the game - which would later prove crucial.

The captain hit eight fours and three sixes and he was backed up by Shillingford (15) and even Tino Best hung around for 16 balls to make three.

Neil Wagner finished with three for 112, Boult two for 81 and Tim Southee two for 101.

New Zealand then get off to a shaky start and West Indies' decision to open with off-spinner Shillingford paid dividends as he struck to have Peter Fulton caught behind for three and Aaron Redmond caught by Narsingh Deonarine for six.

Hamish Rutherford scored 20 in 35 balls and advanced the score to 31 before he fell, similar to the way he had done in the first innings when he holed out in the deep, caught by Shannon Gabriel.

Ross Taylor, whose 217 not out in the first innings helped New Zealand declare on 609 for nine, settled nerves a little, making 16 not out but Brendon McCullum (9) was the next to go when he was also caught by Denesh Ramdin.

Corey Anderson had made 20 not out and as the players headed off for tea, the New Zealanders looked as if they had done enough to see off the West Indies but in the end they ran out of time - and some credit for that must go to the way in which the West Indies fought back in their second innings after following on and the way they bowled late on the final day.

The second Test begins in Wellington on 11th December.

© Cricket World 2013

 
 
Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets