Rain cut short a fascinating middle session on the second day of New Zealand’s second test against the West Indies at Seddon Park today.
The West Indies, responding to New Zealand’s first innings 373, had got to 87 for two off 21 overs when the rain, which had threatened for an hour, arrived at 2.33pm.
The heavy covers were rushed out and the outlook for play in the final session is grim.
The Windies resumed after lunch at 24 for one, having lost opener Kieran Powell for a duck before the break.
Stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite and little lefthander Shimron Hetmyer took the score to 46 before Hetmyer chipped a catch back to bowler Trent Boult and he dived to his left to clutch a spectacular one-handed return catch.
Hetmyer had looked good, getting off the mark hooking the same bowler for six, then clattering a four through mid off and chipping another boundary over mid wicket.
Brathwaite got stuck into left armer Neil Wagner, who had taken nine wickets in the first test at Wellington last week.
He hooked a six over fine leg and took three fours in quick time, leaving Wagner with 21 taken off his first two overs.
Shai Hope got off the mark pulling Boult to the mid wicket fence and the pair had put on 41 entertainingly when the rain came.
When play resumes, Brathwaite will be on 45, off 59 balls, and Hope is on 14.
Boult has one for 32 and Tim Southee one for 13.