22 Dec 2008

Maiden test century boosts Black Caps chances

6:01 am on 22 December 2008

The West Indies will start the fourth day of the second cricket test in Napier on 62 for two in their seconds innnings, still trailing New Zealand by two runs,.

The Black Caps can thank Tim McIntosh for their 64 run first innings lead --the left-handed opener made 136 of their 371 runs.

McIntosh's first century after just his third innings was a lesson in patience for his team-mates who missed a chance to chance to build a much bigger lead, although Daniel Flynn and Jesse Ryder both made half centuries,

New Zealand had been cruising at 316 for four but the West Indies hit back to claim three wickets for three runs with the fast bowler Fidel Edwards finishing with a career-best seven for 87.

The West Indies captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on 36 with Xavier Marshall yet to score when bad light forced an end to play with 14 overs still scheduled to be bowled.