The late wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave New Zealand the glimmer of getting a win out of the second test against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve.
Forecast rain and benign pitch conditions, which have belied the colour of grass on it, look like they'll contribute to this match ending in a draw, after the visitors went to stumps on the second day at 158 for four.
New Zealand were bullish before day one, with plenty of grass on the wicket, humidity in the air and talk of teams being bowled out in quick time.
But the Basin can be a bit of a tease and that's how things have proved this time.
The pitch promises a lot and while it bounces more than most, it's a belter that doesn't deteriorate or go sideways and bowlers have to work hard.
New Zealand definitely looked more likely with the ball than the West Indies and ought to have made an early breakthrough when Trent Boult beat Kieran Powell with the score on 13.
There was reasonable interest behind the wicket, but little from the bowler and those in front.
Captain Brendon McCullum, fielding at mid off, chatted to the cordon, before everyone settled on the idea that Powell hadn't hit it on the way through.
Snicko showed otherwise, but at least Edwards wasn't around a lot longer.
Tim Southee nicked him out and then Corey Anderson coaxed edges out of the dangerous Darren Bravo and half-century maker Kirk Edwards.
Out walked Chanderpaul, at 103 for three. So often the most adhesive of the West Indian batsmen, Chanderpaul instead played loosely at a Boult ball on 6, spooning the ball to Anderson at point.
It was a massive breakthrough for the Black Caps and a moment that might be reflected upon more if New Zealand can somehow conjure a win.
Earlier, even Neil Wagner's first-baller didn't prevent New Zealand's tail from wagging quite happily.
With BJ Watling playing the sheet anchor role, the bowlers swung merrily around him, as the Black Caps went from 307 for six to 441 all out.
Southee went on his usual breezy way, taking up the challenge to anything short and middling most things on his way to 21.
Given the role that Daniel Vettori used to play at No. , it's hard to escape the feeling that it's a spot too high for Southee's brand of batting and that was reinforced by what Ish Sodhi did next.
Like Vettori 20 years ago, the young Northern Districts spinner looks to have the temperament and technique to make a lot of runs at No 8 one day or even push up to 6 on occasion.
Sodhi made a very competent 27 before nicking Tino Best while attempting to square drive on the up.
Wagner went next ball, which brought out Boult. Watling initially shielded Boult from the strike, but the No 11 was soon into his work and New Zealand were going hard from both ends.
Boult finished 38 not out as he and Watling added 58 for the last wicket, breaking the previous 10th-wicket record against the West Indies of 45, set by Danny Morrison and Robert Kennedy at Barbados in 1996.
Watling was bowled by Shannon Gabriel for 65, having played with his usual mixture of grit and glancing blows.
First innings (307-6 overnight)
P Fulton c Ramdin b Sammy 6
H Rutherford c Ramdin b Best 11
KWilliamson c Sammy b Best 45
R Taylor c Shillingford b Gabriel 129
B McCullum c Edwards b Deonarine 37
C Anderson c Powell b Shillingford 38
B Watling b Gabriel 65
T Southee c Bravo b Sammy 21
I Sodhi c Ramdin b Best 27
N Wagner c Sammy b Best 0
T Boult not out 38
Extras (b 16, lb 6, nb 2) 24
Total (115.1 overs) 441
Fall: 1-14 (Fulton), 2-24 (Rutherford), 3-112 (Williamson), 4-189 (McCullum), 5-257 (Anderson), 6-296 (Taylor), 7-334 (Southee), 8-383 (Sodhi), 9-383 (Wagner), 10-441 (Watling).
Bowling: T Best 21-1-110-4, S Gabriel 25.1-5-86-2 (1nb), D Sammy 25-3-92-2, S Shillingford 28-4-92-1 (1nb), N Deonarine 16-2-39-1.
K Edwards c Rutherford b Anderson 55
K Powell lbw b Southee 21
D Bravo c Fulton b Anderson 4
M Samuels not out 50
S Chanderpaul c Anderson b Boult 6
N Deonarine not out 11
Extras (lb 6, wd 1, nb 4) 11
Total (for 4 wickets, 37 overs) 158
Fall: 1-46 (Powell), 2-67 (Bravo), 3-103 (Edwards), 4-119 (Chanderpaul).
Bowling: T Boult 9-3-25-1, T Southee 9-1-40-1 (1w), N Wagner 7-1-37-0 (4nb), C Anderson 7-1-20-2, I Sodhi 3-1-18-0, K Williamson 2-0-12-0.
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