Black Caps look to bat out draw

NZ Newswire Updated July 29, 2012, 1:14 pm

In-form opener Martin Guptill is hoping recent history will inspire the Black Caps as they look to bat out the final day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Monday.

Guptill, who fell three short of a century in New Zealand's first innings of 351 all out, dug in for a vital 123-run second-wicket partnership with Brendon McCullum to give the Black Caps a 28-run lead at stumps on the fourth day.

Captain Ross Taylor and nightwatchman Neil Wagner saw New Zealand safely through to 199-3 at the close, after the West Indies picked up two vital late wickets in dismissing Guptill and McCullum in the last session of the day.

Earlier, the West Indies added another 80 runs to their overnight total of 442-6, bowled out for 522 on the stroke of lunchtime.

Guptill accumulated a patient 67 off 151 balls before falling victim to some extra bounce from spinner Sunil Narine and gloving the catch to Assad Fudadin at short leg.

He says the Black Caps can draw confidence from the memory of March's final Test draw against South Africa in Wellington, when Kane Williamson's unbeaten 102 anchored New Zealand as they batted out the final day.

"It gives us a lot, because we've been there and done it," Guptill said.

"With Kane coming in next, and Ross already at the wicket, that's two of our class acts in the batting line-up.

"Hopefully they can put the West Indies to the sword tomorrow."

Guptill says holding out Narine will play a key role in New Zealand's fortunes on Monday, after the wily spinner picked up his maiden Test five-wicket haul in the first innings.

"It's about watching the ball hard - watching what his hands are doing, you can pick up a couple of little keys with his deliveries," Guptill said.

He said the wicket was showing variation in bounce as the day drew to a close, and the Black Caps would have to maintain concentration if they wanted to bat out the draw.

"Narine was getting a few to take there at the end, but there were a few balls staying low off Kemar Roach as well which we'll have to watch."

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  1. 01:13pm Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Go away Pat you are dead. You are like Faylor and Vettori opening your trap defending these egg caps when the inevitable is that they will be torn apart tomorrow, if they hang on for a draw that's nothing to gloat about, this tour has been a disaster,bashed and torn apart in the 20/20's, bashed & torn apart in the one dayers a drawn test ??? scoff scoff scoff that's nothing.

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  2. tom12:15pm Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "Pat!!!Come here at once!Didn't i tell you that when i am out working for this house and keep you are to keep off the computer and do some housework!!Didn't i???Well little Pat--no tookie for you this week.Just keep that little pecker of yours limp--you wimp"

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  3. tom09:54am Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Tom sings Calypso folks."Twenty eight fer three--losers dese Black Collapsers are gonna be--way-way-up dat monkey loser tree-dere gonna have to flush out and see-dat beating these Windies is not gonna be--EASY" Sing along fans.

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  4. Frank06:35am Monday 30th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Bat out for a draw, these clowns will be lucky to bat a session.

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  5. tom03:49am Monday 30th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The experts were right wee Patrick!!!Black Collapsers COLLAPSED again.Nine down for 260 odd.Bye bye losers.

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  6. I-see-stupid-people09:16am Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    [shakes head] The NZ media really talks up utter guff don't they? they were already into the Windies tail and they've scored at a pathetic rate. 3 down for a lead of 28 is not a good performance.

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  7. Stuart08:12pm Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I-see-stupid-people, I am talking about winners vs losers (in this case the Black Craps). The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic bought the Trans-Tasman trophy home to NZ! Anyway, what orientation are you that you don't like watching the ladies play sport? Hmm...

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  8. Jordan09:19am Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Vetorri couldnt get the ball to move one millimeter...naurine has spin...bounce...guile...skill...Windies will win by 7 wickets, if not 8....basically 28-3 and that sums up this team of club level players...

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  9. tom09:49am Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Tom sings Neil Diamond folks."I am -I said.And no one cares-those Black Collapsers just wouldn't-fall down the stairs.I am-I cried.I've been denied.Those Black Collapsers didn't just die.They just wouldn't let go--as the Windies tossed down bowling so slow.And like a man filled with despair--i just collapsed in my chair.Feeling lonely still.But come the first light of a new born day-these Black Collapsers will just finally fade away.Leaving me wondering still"

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  10. 09:19am Sunday 29th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So in reality they are 28/3. Pathetic. Despite the PC rubbish that's written here it's a fail again for the Black Sheep. Tomorrow will see the inevitable the windies bowlers will tear them apart AGAIN.

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