West Indies 307, NZ 74-1 at tea

Updated: 20 December 2008 09:27 IST

New Zealand made slow progress to 74-1 at tea on Saturday, replying to the West Indies' first innings of 307 on day two of the second Test at McLean Park.

West Indies 307, NZ 74-1 at tea

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New Zealand made slow progress to 74-1 at tea on Saturday, replying to the West Indies' first innings of 307 on day two of the second Test at McLean Park.

Tim McIntosh was 21 not out and Daniel Flynn 37 not out at the break while Jamie How (12) was the only batsman dismissed in a session in which New Zealand added only 62 runs from 32 overs.

Earlier, Iain O'Brien finished with a career-best six wickets as New Zealand dismissed the West Indies for a moderate total on a good batting pitch.

The West Indies resumed at 258 for 6, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul 100 not out, and O'Brien claimed all four wickets to fall Saturday, finishing with 6 for 75, his first five wicket bag.

Chanderpaul batted for five hours and 40 minutes and was left 126 not out, his 20th Test century and his eighth since June last year. His innings lifted his average in Tests above 50 runs per innings and continued his remarkable record over the past 18 months in which he has averaged 103 in Tests.

He has become so hard to remove since the England series last year that the average duration of his completed innings in that 18-month period has been 6 1/2 hours.

Remarkably, his innings in Napier was his first century against New Zealand in Tests, surpassing his previous best of 82 at Bridgetown in 1996.

His 163-run fifth wicket partnership with Brendan Nash (74) provided the body of the West Indies innings but he was unable to find a partner in the lower order to allow him to build on that platform.

Three of O'Brien's victims on Saturday were caught by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum. First Test century-maker Jerome Taylor was out for 18, Daren Powell for 6 and Sulieman Benn for 0 while Fidel Edwards, the last man out, was trapped lbw before he had scored.

How was caught on the leg side by Sewnarine Chattergoon off Fidel Edwards, continuing a poor series in which he has scored only 32 runs in three innings.

McIntosh should have been out for 14 when the total was 36, hitting an Edwards delivery straight up in the air when attempting a pull shot. A mix-up between Edwards and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who had moved from behind the stumps to take a simple catch, saw the ball fall harmlessly, almost comically between the fieldsmen.

New Zealand made patient progress through the afternoon, taking 30.2 overs to reach 50 and the half century partnership between McIntosh and Flynn required 98 minutes.



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