Rain ends New Zealand chase in first Test against West Indies

New ZealandWest Indies' Narsingh Deonarine, right, takes the catch to dismiss New Zealand's Aaron Redman, second from left, for 2 on the fifth day of their international cricket match at University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. AP/PTI

Rain scuppered New Zealand's chances of completing a first test win in over a year on Saturday as the opening match against West Indies at University Oval in Dunedin ended in a draw with the hosts just 33 runs shy of victory.

Light rain started falling just before the tea break with Ross Taylor on 16 and Corey Anderson on 20 having consolidated New Zealand's chase for 112 runs following a spectacular top-order collapse sparked by Shane Shillingford.

The hosts were on 79 for four at the end of the game when it was abandoned at 1810 local (0510 GMT) after off-spinner Shillingford had threatened to run through the side and seal a remarkable comeback victory on the final day.

Shillingford reduced New Zealand to 44 for four in the 16th over and had the visitors sniffing the possibility of becoming just the fourth side to achieve victory after being forced to follow on.

"Little bit disappointed but we can't do anything about the weather," New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said in a televised interview. "We played some excellent cricket but credit to the West Indies, they responded very well.

"To score 500 after being asked to follow on was a fine effort, but I thought we played some excellent cricket and were only 30 runs away from winning a test match."


Shillingford, who had opened the bowling with Tino Best as the pitch offered variable bounce and some turn, gave the hosts a real scare when he ripped the top off the host's batting order.

He had Peter Fulton caught by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for three on the first ball of the final over before lunch, then did more damage after the break.

Aaron Redmond was caught at leg slip by Narsingh Deonarine for six before Hamish Rutherford was dismissed in exactly the same fashion as in the first innings, trying to hit a boundary down the ground only to be caught by Shannon Gabriel.

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