Monday, April 21, 2014   

(Cricket) Kiwis pile on the runs
(12-03 13:49)

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor tamed the toothless West Indies attack on the opening day of the first cricket test today in Dunedin, New Zealand, both scoring centuries as the home side reached an imposing 367 for three.
At close of play McCullum was 109 not out off just 122 balls, with Taylor unbeaten on 103. Hamish Rutherford (62) and Peter Fulton (61) earlier chipped in with half centuries on a dispiriting day for the tourists.
New Zealand lost the toss but quickly made the West Indies attack look ordinary despite a green-tinged wicket and cloud cover for much of the day.
The cloud cleared at tea, when New Zealand were 194 for 3, and in the bright sunshine of the final session Taylor and McCullum pressed home their advantage.
New Zealand's senior batsmen added a further 173 runs in the final session and built an unbeaten partnership worth 182.
Captain McCullum, brought up the 300 with a mighty six when he pulled Shannon Gabriel over square leg.
Shillingford, allowed to play while waiting for the result of tests on the legality of his bowling action after he was reported by the International Cricket Council, finished the day with figures of one for 88 off 28 overs.
Sammy returned figures of 1-68 and Best, who just failed to reach a caught-and-bowled chance off McCullum late in the day, took 1-87.--AFP


   
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