West Indies Fight Back, Then Rain Denies New Zealand
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.
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