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Play abandoned on third day

No play was possible because of rain on the third day of the third Test between New Zealand and the West Indies on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 11:26 IST

No play was possible because of rain on the third day of the third Test between New Zealand and the West Indies on Monday, leaving Runako Morton stranded 30 runs from a maiden Test century.

Heavy overnight rain left parts of the outfield at McLean Park under water and umpires Mark Benson of England and Ian Howell of South Africa ruled that conditions would not improve sufficiently to allow play to begin.

Morton was left on 70 not out, his highest Test score, and the West Indies remained 256 for four in their first innings, batting first after losing the toss. Dwayne Bravo is 22 not out. Only 78.1 overs have been bowled on the first three days of the match because of rain and bad light.

New Zealand leads the three-Test series 2-0 after winning the first Test by 27 runs in Auckland and the second by 10 wickets in Wellington.

Scoreboard:

West Indies (Overnight: 256 for four): Chris Gayle c Fulton b Martin 30, Daren Ganga b Bond 38, Brian Lara b Astle 83, Runako Morton not out 70, Shivanarine Chanderpaul run out 2, Dwayne Bravo not out 22, Extras: (lb-3, nb-8) 11, Total: (for four wickets in 78.1 overs) 256.

Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-111, 3-171, 4-189.

Bowling: Shane Bond 18-2-87-1, James Franklin 15-1-66-0, Chris Martin 10-2-39-1, Nathan Astle 14-5-23-1, Scott Styris 13.1-5-27-0, Daniel Vettori 8-4-11-0.

Umpires: Mark Benson (England); Ian Howell (South Africa). TV umpire: Gary Baxter (New Zealand); Match referee: Mike Procter (South Africa).