Kiwis seize control
The unflappable Kane Williamson stroked an enterprising hundred, his second of the series and seventh of this career, as New Zealand began to seize control of the decisive third Test here today.
At lunch on the penultimate day, the visitors were 260 for five – a lead of 236 runs – with the right-handed Williamson unbeaten on 121 and plucky wicketkeeper BJ Watling on 15, in a partnership that has so far yielded 34.
Fast bowler Kemar Roach took one of the two wickets to fall in the morning session to end with three for 46.
As he has done all series, Williamson formed the bedrock of the New Zealand innings, anchoring two critical stands – 67 for the fourth wicket with captain Brendon McCullum who scored 25 and a rollicking 91 for the fifth wicket with Jimmy Neesham who scored a lively 51.
Williamson has faced 209 deliveries and batted a shade over five hours, counting 16 fours.
Resuming the day on 58 with New Zealand on 123 for three, Williamson showed his intent from early with boundaries of the first few overs, and continued to mix solid defence with attacking prowess.
McCullum added just two to his overnight 23 before falling lbw to Roach in the day’s fourth over, trapped on the crease by a delivery that came back.
Neesham’s arrival increased the scoring rate, the left-hander belting three fours and four sixes off just 67 balls in an hour-and-a-half at the crease.
Williamson, meanwhile, edged seamer Jason Holder to third man to move to 97 before reaching his century with a couple behind point off Benn, 50 minutes before lunch.
Neesham followed him soon after, driving Holder for two to reach his half-century but then fell off the very next ball, smashing a full-blooded drive into the lap of Kraigg Brathwaite at a very short cover.
Any hopes the Windies had of making further inroads were quickly erased as Williamson and Watling stood firm. (windiescricket.com)