forced play on the fifth and final day to be abandoned without a
ball being bowled to force a draw in the opening Test between New
Zealand and West Indies yesterday.
New Zealand, leading by 25 runs on first innings, were set to continue
from 44 for two in their second innings with Tim McIntosh not out
on 24 and Daniel Flynn not out on four.
But the drizzles started at University Oval about an hour before
the scheduled start at 11.30 am. local time (6.30 pm. on SundayEast
Caribbean Time) and continued throughout the afternoon.
Umpires Mark Benson and Amiesh Saheba decided to put the players
out of their misery of sitting and waiting after about 2-1/2 hours
at the time appointed for lunch.
The Test had been dogged by the weather since it opened on Thursday.
Bad light had stopped play 16.4 overs early on the first day, Fridays
second day was washed out without a ball being bowled, and Saturdays
third day started 3-1/4 hours later than scheduled.
On Sundays penultimate day, the only day on which the weather
cooperated, and allowed the first full day of cricket in the match,
Jerome Taylor fashioned a stunning, maiden Test and first-class
Taylor led a West Indies recovery with a stroke-filled 106, as the
visitors were dismissed for 340, replying to New Zealands
first innings total of 365. His innings earned him the Man-of-the-Match
The Dunedin Test was the first of two with the second scheduled
to start in Napier on Friday.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win and series victory
in New Zealand