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Cricket: Rain continues New Zealand's Test win drought

New Zealand were stranded an agonising 33 runs short of their first Test victory in more than a year Saturday when rain washed out the final session of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin. After four days of bright sunshine, the heavy downpour began at tea on the final day when New Zealand were 79-4 chasing 112 for victory. After wrapping up the West Indies second innings for 507 before lunch, the modest target appeared a formality despite the forecast rain.

Cricket: New Zealand, West Indies Test drawn in rain

The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies ended in a draw Saturday when rain washed out the final session of play. New Zealand were 79-4, 33 runs short of their 112-run target when the rain began falling at the tea break. The West Indies second innings ended at 507 just before lunch with Darren Bravo out for 218 and Darren Sammy making 80. Scores: New Zealand 609-0 (dec) and 79-4 West Indies 213 and 507 cf/mfc/st

Cricket: Rain ends New Zealand hopes of Test win

New Zealand were stranded an agonising 33 runs short of their first Test victory in more than a year Saturday when rain washed out the final session of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin. After four days of bright sunshine, the heavy downpour began at tea on the final day when New Zealand were 79-4 chasing 112 for victory. After wrapping up the West Indies second innings for 507 before lunch, the modest target appeared a formality despite the forecast rain.

Cricket: New Zealand race rain in drive for Test win

New Zealand were closing in on a comprehensive victory over the West Indies in the first Test Saturday, needing a further 109 runs with nine wickets in hand at lunch on the final day. After resuming the day at 443-6, the tourists' remote hope of salvaging a draw by dragging out their innings until forecast rain arrived evaporated early with the removal of Darren Bravo for 218. Their second innings was wrapped up for 507, leaving New Zealand a target of 112 for their first Test victory in more than a year.

Cricket: Rain threatens New Zealand Test victory hopes

New Zealand were an agonising 33 runs short of their first Test win in more than a year when rain forced an early tea in the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin. In a match which New Zealand should have wrapped up much earlier, they faltered spectacularly at the start of their second innings. Set a meagre target of 112 to win, New Zealand slumped to be 44-4 before Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson mounted a rescue partnership. When rain resulted in tea being taken five minutes early, New Zealand were 79-4 with Anderson on 20 and Taylor on 16.

Cricket: West Indies 443-6 at stumps

The West Indies were 443-6 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday in Dunedin, a lead of 47 runs. Darren Bravo was not out 210 with Darren Sammy on 44. The West Indies were forced to follow on after making 213 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 609-9 declared. cf/mfc/st

Cricket: Bravo double ton ensures New Zealand will bat again

A maiden double-century by Darren Bravo stalled New Zealand's victory drive Friday as the West Indies ended day four of the first Test in Dunedin at 443-6, a lead of 47. After an early morning collapse in which the West Indies slumped to 185-4, the defiant Bravo restored order with a controlled performance to pass the 100 mark for the fifth time in his career and be not out 210 at stumps. The 24-year-old left-hander added 122 with Narsingh Deonarine for the fifth wicket and 56 with Ramesh Ramdin for the sixth.

Cricket: Taylor double ton puts New Zealand in charge

Ross Taylor smashed a maiden double century against the West Indies on Wednesday as New Zealand racked up an imposing 609-9 declared, taking a vice-like grip on the first Test in Dunedin. The tourists made a shaky start to their reply, reduced to 24-2 before recovering to reach 67 without further loss by the close but they face a monumental task to avoid defeat. Taylor, who a year ago was in the doldrums when dumped as New Zealand captain, proved that disappointment was well behind him as became only the 13th New Zealander to reach 200 in a Test innings.

Cricket: Taylor keeps New Zealand in firm control

Centurion Ross Taylor ensured a commanding New Zealand first innings total against the West Indies on Wednesday, despite the loss of two further wickets including skipper Brendon McCullum. New Zealand went to lunch on the second day of the first Test in Dunedin at 445 for five with Taylor on 144 and BJ Watling on 26. McCullum added just four to his overnight total to be removed for 113 and Corey Anderson failed to score after New Zealand resumed the day at 367 for three.

Cricket: McCullum, Taylor tons put New Zealand on top

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor tamed the toothless West Indies attack on the opening day of the first Test on Tuesday, both scoring centuries as the home side reached an imposing 367 for three. At close of play McCullum was 109 not out off just 122 balls, with Taylor unbeaten on 103. Hamish Rutherford (62) and Peter Fulton (61) earlier chipped in with half centuries on a dispiriting day for the tourists. New Zealand lost the toss but quickly made the West Indies attack look ordinary despite a green-tinged wicket and cloud cover for much of the day.
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