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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 22:55 GMT 23:55 UK
Kiwis seal series
Richardson's long vigil was finally ended
Richardson's long vigil was finally ended on 71
2nd Test, Grenada, final day
New Zealand 373 & 256-5; West Indies 470

Match drawn

Test newcomers Scott Styris and Robbie Hart shared an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 99 to secure the draw which gave New Zealand a historic series triumph.

The tourists were assisted by occasional interruptions for rain at the Queen's Park Stadium to secure their first series win in the Caribbean following their innings victory in Barbados.

New Zealand began the day 139 for two, but found themselves in dire straits early on when they lost three quick wickets.


I'd give that 10 out of 10 for any test, let alone a debut
Scott Styris
NZ Test debutant

But Test debutant Styris, who scored a centruy in the first innings and Hart, playing only his third Test, dug in to deny the hosts.

When rain brought a premature end to the match two hours early, New Zealand were 256 for five - a lead of 159.

Styris, who followed up his 107 in the first innings, hit an unbeaten 69. He was elevated to number six in the order after a hand injury to Craig McMilland prevented him coming in in his usual place in the order.

His innings from 145 balls was the second time he had rescued his country from trouble and with Hart's unbeaten 28 from 121 balls saw the tourists home.

New Zealand had slumped in the opening session when Mark Richardson, Nathan Astle and Chris Harris all departed in quick succesion.


Our lower order has to get better at playing with discipline
Roger Harper
West Indies coach

But Styris and Hart defied West Indies' spinners and the second new ball to survive for three hours.

In recording a century and fifty on debut, Styris became only the 10th Test player to do so and the third New Zealander after Rodney Redmond and team-mate Lou Vincent.

Two breaks in the middle session limited play to 16 overs and heavier showers returned just after tea to finally end the match.

West Indies skipper Carl Hooper said his side's poor batting show in the first Test proved costly and also pointed out the inability of his bowlers to kill off the New Zealand tail quickly.

"In quite a few test matches we seem to be working our way through the first four or five batsmen relatively quickly, but then the tail end is holding us up," said Hooper.

West Indies coach Roger Harper acknowledged that his players could learn from the tourists.

"One of the reasons we had problems dismissing the New Zealand lower order is because of the tremendous discipline those guys played with.

This is something that our lower order has to get better at doing," said Harper.

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"I would give myself 7/10"
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"We were a bit complacent"
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