Zealand saved by the rain
Rain came to the rescue of New Zealand on Wednesday
after a storm ended the match, preventing the West Indies chasing
a modest target of 176.
probably been saved by the weather in this game. This is probably
the best scenario for us," said New Zealand captain Stephen
Fleming after his team was skittled out for 176, two balls short
of the maximum 50 overs.
Players and umpires had just re-taken the field for the West Indies
innings at Sabina Park when the heavens opened. There has been criticism
about staging five limited internationals and two tests in the Caribbean
during the rainy season.
rain lasted for more than an hour and when it stopped umpires Billy
Doctrove and Arsoka da Silva ruled that the outfield was too wet.
Much of the water on the outfield had spilled out of the covers
as they were being removed.
Indies Captain Carl Hooper, who switched away from an all-pace attack
to use spin against the New Zealanders, clearly felt victory had
been his for the taking.
don't think it would have been a difficult target. I would have
preferred to be in our position than New Zealand's," he said.
won the toss and chose to bat, although Hooper said after the match
he would have bowled if he had won the toss. "They've had a
lot of rain here. There's always something for the seamers early
paid tribute to the West Indies bowling, saying they had clearly
benefited from the lengthy series against India which finished at
the weekend. "They had great control and bowled down the right
channels. There was not very much there to hit," he said.
Zealand have not played competitive cricket for a month since their
tour of Pakistan was dramatically aborted when a bomb exploded outside
their hotel in Karachi.
proved his point about the toss when paceman Mervyn Dillon and Cameron
Cuffy removed the first three New Zealand batsmen for 14 runs.
belligerent Kiwi Craig McMillan, with a gutsy innings of 69, could
master a Sabina Park wicket of variable bounce although most New
Zealanders could only blame themselves for sacrificing their wickets
with poor shots.
Astle was the first to go, caught at second slip by captain Carl
Hooper in the third over from a Dillon delivery that jagged back
in to the batsman.
over later New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, attempting an ostentatious
pull early in the innings, only succeeded in falling flat on his
back and lobbing a gentle catch to Ryan Hinds at square leg, plunging
the tourists into trouble at five for two.
Cuffey and left arm seamer Pedro Collins tied down the batsmen,
who could only manage 28 from the first 10 overs. Wicketkeeper Chris
Nevin was Cuffy's second victim and veteran Chris Harris holed out
to Collins at deep square leg after being tied down by part time
spinner Chris Gayle.
and Lou Vincent then stabilised the innings, putting on 67 as McMillan
scored his 15th one-day half century to continue a rich vein of
form. Vincent was trapped leg before wicket by Collins for 20 and
McMillan was then caught at deep mid on by Chris Gayle as he tried
to smash Ryan Hinds for six.
69 came from 101 balls and took 143 minutes.
Scott Styris fell to a caught and, bowled by Collins, Daryl Tuffey
was caught in the deep by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and spinner Daniel
Vettori fell attempting to sweep Hooper, who removed the New Zealander's
and Cuffey bowled tightly, taking two wickets apiece in their 10
over spells, while Gayle took a surprising three for 27 from 9.4
overs and Ryan Hinds finished with two for 19.
paceman Shane Bond hit the only six of the innings as he and debutant
Paul Hitchcock added 21 for the last wicket.