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Windies and NZ draw in washout
No play on final day as first Test drawn due to downpour in Dunedin.
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2008 05:52 GMT

Taylor bludgeons another hapless delivery in Dunedin [GALLO/GETTY]

The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies in Dunedin ended in a draw after the last day's play was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.

The second and final Test starts in Napier on December 19.

On Sunday Tailender Jerome Taylor scored a magnificent maiden Test century to make West Indies safe in New Zealand – beating his previous best by 75 runs – before the skies opened on Monday.

Coming to the crease with the West Indies in some trouble at 173 for six, still 189 runs behind the New Zealand first innings total of 365, Taylor bludgeoned 17 fours and three sixes on his way to 106 off 107 balls.

The fast bowler's previous best in a Test match was 31, while he had never before passed 41 in first class cricket, but he showed no signs of nerves as he took the attack to every bowler in the New Zealand line-up.

He went to 50 with a four over mid-on then notched his century with another boundary, a magnificent cover drive off the bowling of James Franklin.

His partnership with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was last man out for 76, took the West Indies to a first innings total of 340 in the series opener at Dunedin.

At the close on Sunday New Zealand had moved to 44 for two, with Tim McIntosh on 28 and Daniel Flynn not out for four.

Watchman caught napping

They earlier lost opener Jamie How bowled by Daren Powell for 10 and night watchman Kyle Mills the very next ball, also bowled by Powell.

When he eventually fell to a feathered catch to keeper Brendon McCullum off spinner Daniel Vettori, he and Chanderpaul had put on 153 for the seventh wicket.

With all of the second day and much of the third washed out, the only real chance of a result was if New Zealand could bowl West Indies out cheaply on the fourth day.

However, some belligerent batting from Taylor and captain Chris Gayle, who made 74, along with stubborn resistance from Chanderpaul and debutant Brendan Nash, frustrated the New Zealand attack.

West Indies began the day at 39 without loss and were never able to get on top of the New Zealand attack until Taylor came to the crease midway through the middle session.

One hour later, any hopes New Zealand had of winning the Test were gone as Chanderpaul and Taylor batted them out of the game.

The rain made sure of the rest.

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