Roach captures his 100th Test wicket as New Zealand takes commanding lead

Kemar Roach took his 100th Test wicket today.
Kemar Roach took his 100th Test wicket today.

New Zealand were in the drivers’ seat against the West Indies at the end of a rain-hit fourth day of the third and final Test at Kensington Oval today.

Play ended early after rain twice halted play. The first stoppage came at 1.41 pm with Kane Williams unbeaten on 153 and Tim Southee on 2. Two and a half hours were lost during the first stoppage.

After play resumed at 4.30 pm Southee was caught and bowled by Jerome Talyor for 7 with the score on 327 for 7. Williamson was joined by Mark Craig but the rains came for the second time at 4.51 pm causing play to be called off with Williamson on a career-best 163 and Craig on 7.

The Black Caps at the close of play were 331 for 7 wickets, an overall lead 307 runs.

Kemar Roach has taken 4 wickets for 55 runs from 19.1 overs. Debutant pacer Jason Holder has taken 2 wickets for 22 runs in ten miserly overs.

New Zealand started this morning on 123 for 3 with Williamson on 58 and out-of-form captain Brendon McCullum on 23.

McCullum’s woeful trip to the Caribbean continued when he was out lbw by Roach for 25 in the second over of the morning.

Williamson was joined by James Neesham who proceeded to counter-attack the bowlers. He struck Shane Shillingford for two massive sixes. His first six pounded into the glass on the second floor of the media centre, the other one was struck over long-on into the stands.

While Neesham was striking the bowlers to all parts of the field, Williamson was carefully compiling his runs with several sweetly timed drives.

He eased into the 90s with a drive into the covers off Shillingford. The gutsy Williamson reached his seventh century with a flick off Jason Holder; it had taken him 249 minutes, 173 balls and contained 15 fours.

Five mintues later Neesham became Holder’s second test wicket when he was caught by Kraigg Brathwaite at short square-leg for 51. His innings was compiled in 91 mintues with 3 fours and 4 sixes. Neesham and Williamson shared a fifth partnership of 101 runs.

Williamson and B.J Watling added 89 runs for the sixth wicket until the wicket-keeper batsman became Roach’s 100th test wicket when he was caught by Holder at backward-point. 

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