Cricket: Queenstown ODI abandoned

Sewnarine Chattergoon is bowled by New Zealand's Mark Gillespie. Photo by NZPA
Sewnarine Chattergoon is bowled by New Zealand's Mark Gillespie. Photo by NZPA
Rain has forced the abandonment of the first one-day cricket international between New Zealand and the West Indies at the Queenstown Events Centre today.

The West Indies were 129 for five in the 36th over when the players were forced from the field for a third time.

Play was officially abandoned about two hours after the players retreated to the pavilion.

The second match of the five-game series is scheduled for AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.

Play was suspended after one over then the 14th and again in the 36th.

Xavier Marshall was unbeaten on 29 and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was on three.

Tim Southee was the most successful bowler with two for 33 from 7.4 overs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan top scored so far with 38 before he was caught behind by Brendon McCullum off the bowling of New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who earlier had no hesitation in asking the tourists to bat first in overcast conditions after winning the toss.