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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 21:24 GMT 22:24 UK
Rain saves Kiwi blushes
Cameron Cuffy removes Nevin and West Indies celebrate
Cuffy removes Nevin and West Indies celebrate
First one-day international, Kingston: New Zealand 176 all out (49.4 overs) v West Indies
Match abandoned due to rain

A heavy thunderstorm forced the abandonment of the one-day international between West Indies and New Zealand on Wednesday.

New Zealand batted first in Kingston and could only manage 176 all out in 49.4 overs.

But a thunderstorm during the lunch break left the pitch waterlogged and umpires Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka and Dominican Billy Doctrove eventually called off the match at 2100 GMT.

"It was unfortunate it rained. We were obviously in a better position, even though there was still a lot of cricket to be played," said West Indies captain Carl Hooper.

"We are under no illusions that this was New Zealand's first run-out for a while. It will be more difficult next game, as they slowly get acclimatised to the conditions."


They were very controlled and bowled good channels which showed they are coming here fresh from match action
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming

But for Craig McMillan's battling 99-ball innings of 69, New Zealand's target would have been much lower.

The Kiwis slumped to 14 for three in the eighth over and 37 for four in the 16th as they struggled to cope with a fast, bouncy track.

McMillan, however, experienced few of the problems that beset his colleagues and put on 67 for the fifth wicket with Lou Vincent (20).

"It looked a good batting wicket this morning but, with hindsight, there were some of the patches of moisture that were helping the ball bounce and turn," said New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.

"They were very controlled and bowled good channels which showed they are coming here fresh from match action."

The second one-day match in the series will take place in St Lucia on Saturday.


West Indies: C Hooper (capt), S Chanderpaul, C Collymore, C Cuffy, M Dillon, C Gayle, R Hinds, W Hinds, R Jacobs (wkt), B Lara, R Sarwan.

New Zealand: S Fleming (capt), N Astle, C McMillan, C Nevin (wkt), L Vincent, C Harris, S Styris, D Vettori, P Hitchcock, D Tuffey, S Bond.

Umpires: E A R de Silva and B Doctrove

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