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Flynn shores up shaky top order

The changes made by New Zealand's new coach, Andy Moles, in the wake of the batting disasters in Australia ensured the team held the edge over West Indies on a truncated opening day at the University Oval

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Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

2-match series level 0-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11.30am start, Lunch 14.00-14.40pm, Tea 16.40-17.00, Close 19.30

Match days

11,12,13,14,15 December 2008 (5-day match)

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2.00pm It's official now. The fifth day has been abandoned and it's a draw. Very predictable given the way the day panned out. Jerome Taylor and the two Daniels - Flynn and Vettori - were the standout performers.

Thanks for your company. Do join us for the second Test at McLean Park in Napier from December 19, when hopefully, we'll have better news and get a result. This is the Cricinfo team signing off. Cheers!

12.30pm The good news is that it is slowly easing off, very slowly, but some solace in that the rain is not nearly as heavy as earlier. The bad news is that the word is that even if it were to stop now, it would be at least two hours before any play would be possible. So expect an early - and leisurely - lunch and then more of the same this afternoon.

12.05pm Chucking it down, pools of water on the concrete areas around the grandstand and pavilion, and given the hints from the authorities that even if it does stop we're facing a long mopping-up operation, the common-sense thing might be for everyone to head home. But this is cricket. We have plenty more inspections left in the game yet.

11.45am Still grim, I'm afraid. The ground is deserted, the covers are on and the rain is falling. The two teams are inside their dressing-rooms passing time with neither looking as if they are expecting anything to happen in the near future.

11.20am Well, the covers are on and it's still raining, and given the forecast, don't start putting money on much happening in Dunedin today, certainly not enough for either side to be able to force a result. Deeply disappointing. If this was TV we'd show you highlights of yesterday's action ...

The word is that even if it stops raining now there will be a long delay before we can start. That has to raise some serious questions about the facilities and/or the groundstaff. Both have come under fire during the match.

Day 5 - 9.50am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the final day. The early news from Dunedin is not good with chances of rain forecast at 60%. We'll bring you more closer to the start.

END OF OVER:
10 | 6 Runs | NZ: 44/2

  • Tim McIntosh24 (35b)
  • Daniel Flynn4 (7b)
  • Daren Powell5-0-17-2

Close Well, momentum has shifted throughout the day and West Indies will probably end it happier, Jerome Taylor certainly will.

Just to recap, New Zealand have lost Ross Taylor to a dislocated and chipped ring finger on his right hand - he will only bat if needed - while Jacob Oram has ruled himself out of bowling in the second Test but may still make the line-up as a batsman.

Thanks for joining us today, I hope you've enjoyed the coverage. We'll be back at 11.30am tomorrow but for now, from me, Alan Curr, good evening.

9.6
0
Powell to McIntosh, no run, defended solidly and a sigh of relief for McIntosh, he'll be back tomorrow

Tough chance, but a lifeline all the same

9.5
0
Powell to McIntosh, no run, dropped angled at his pads and McIntosh tried to turn it away, Chattergoon at short leg had it in his hands before it popped out again.

just two balls left today

9.4
0
Powell to McIntosh, no run, short and ducked under
9.3
4
Powell to McIntosh, FOUR runs, great shot, up on his toes and a solid drive off the back foot through cover for another boundary
9.2
1lb
Powell to Flynn, 1 leg bye, leg-stump line and that deflects off the pad, a sprawling dive from Ramdin saves a possible boundary
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New Zealand 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st33TG McIntoshJM How
2nd0TG McIntoshKD Mills
3rd11TG McIntoshDR Flynn