New Zealand XI 227 for 8 dec (Rutherford 61) and 168 for 3 dec (Rutherford 72) drew with West Indians 230 for 6 dec (Chanderpaul 89, Craig 4-78) and 121 for 2 (Walton 61*)
Hamish Rutherford and Shivnarine Chanderpaul shone with fifties in a drawn three-day tour match between New Zealand XI and West Indians in Lincoln. The tourists took a lead of three runs in the first innings, and were set a target of 166 on the last day, but their innings ended on 121 for 2 with a fifty from Chadwick Walton.
None of the New Zealand batsmen, barring Rutherford, could convert starts into big scores after they opted to bat. Rutherford scored 61 but the team was in trouble at 129 for 6 after Tom Latham and Brendon McCullum were dismissed in twenties. However, Mark Craig (24), Todd Astle (30) and Anurag Verma (31*) stretched the score as the hosts declared on 227 for 8.
Kirk Edwards fell cheaply in the West Indians’s response, in which they were helped by New Zealand batsmen Jeet Raval and Aaron Redmond, who played for the tourists in the absence of their full squad. Chanderpaul, however, scored 89 to lead them to 230. Offspinner Craig struck with four wickets in his 20 overs.
New Zealand put on a strong opening stand of 142 in the second innings as Peter Fulton (53) and Rutherford (72) retired out after their fifties. They declared on 168 for 3, soon after Brendon McCullum was dismissed for 10, with a lead of 165. The West Indians’ reply was led by a fifty from Chadwick Walton and they were on track to chase 166 but the match was drawn before tea when they were 45 away from the target.
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