NZ, West Indies ODI abandoned after rainfall

MARK GEENTY IN NAPIER
Last updated 17:32 29/12/2013
McLean Park
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MISERABLE: Covers protect the wicket during a rain delay at McLean Park in Napier.

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The second one-day cricket international between New Zealand and West Indies in Napier has been abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Despite McLean Park being bathed in sunshine, umpires Ian Gould and Chris Gaffaney called the game off at 5.20pm when the rain-soaked ground was deemed unfit for play.

Match conditions allowed a start as late as 7pm for a 20-over match, but ground staff felt the surface would not be ready for play by then.

The announcement sparked a chorus of boos from around 1000 people who'd remained at the ground in the hope of a game getting under way.

Rain fell throughout the early afternoon but it cleared around 3.30pm and hopes lifted of a game starting. The covers came off at 4.55pm and the sun shone, but large puddles in front of the main stand and surface water around the boundary didn't bode well.

It leaves West Indies 1-0 up in the five-match series, heading into game three in Queenstown on Wednesday.

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