West Indies restore some respectability
West Indies 312
Match drawn In their vastly contrasting ways the West Indies' lower-order batsmen restored much of the pride so battered on the fourth day here but New Zealand scored most of the points in the weather-spoiled first Test that ended in a draw yesterday.
The left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 65, and the wicketkeeper Junior Murray, with 27, carried the West Indies past the potentially embarrassing follow-on target of 142 in the morning. Then Winston Benjamin, with a typically swashbuckling 85 from 87 balls, batted like a latter-day Learie Constantine in a partnership of 67 in 50 minutes with Curtly Ambrose to push the total within 29 of New Zealand's 341 for 8 declared.
At 98 for 5 the previous afternoon something far more humiliating had seemed likely.
The match then drifted to an inevitable draw. A maiden Test century by the wicketkeeper Adam Parore, that transformed New Zealand's faltering first innings, was the first by a player of Maori descent and justifiably gained him the man of the match award.
(Final day; West Indies won toss)
NEW ZEALAND - First Innings 341 for 8 dec (A C Parore 100, S P Fleming 56).
WEST INDIES - First Innings (0vernight: 102 for 5)
S Chanderpaul b Thomson 69
J R Murray c Murray b Thomson 28
W K M Benjamin b Doull 85
C E L Ambrose b Morrison 33
*C A Walsh not out 0
K C G Benjamin c Parore b Morrison 5
Extras (nb4 lb11) 15
Total (96.2 overs) 312
Fall (cont): 6-155 7-232 8-299 9-307.
Bowling: Morrison 26.2-9-69-6 (1nb); Nash 5-2-11-0; Doull 22-5-85-1 (2nb); Hart 25-2-75-0 (1nb); Thomson 18-3-61-2.
NEW ZEALAND - Second Innings B A Young 21
D J Murray 8
A H Jones not out 10
*K R Rutherford not out 16
Extras (nb5 lb1) 6
Total (for 2) 61
Fall: 1-33 2-33.
Did not bat: S Fleming, SThomson, A Parore, M Hart, D Nash, S Doull, D Morrison.
Bowling: Ambrose 3-0-7-0; W Benjamin 5-1-12-0 (1nb); K Benjamin 6-0-12-1 (2nb); Walsh 4-1-8-1 (2nb); Arthurton 5-1-9-1; Adams 3-1-4-0; Lara 4-0-8-0; Chanderpaul 2-2-0-0.
Umpires: B Aldridge and N Plews.
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