Cricket: NZ lead by 307 after Williamson ton

Kane Williamson hit his seventh test century and second of the series. Photo / AP
Kane Williamson hit his seventh test century and second of the series. Photo / AP

Kane Williamson completed his seventh test century this morning as New Zealand built a healthy lead of 307 over the West Indies before rain ended play early on the fourth day of the third and final test.

The Black Caps, trailing by 24 after the first innings, stretched its overnight 123-3 at Kensington Oval to 331-7 heavy rain took players off the field for a second time.

The 23-year-old Williamson, resuming on 58, was unbeaten on 161 when the covers were brought out again after an almost three-hour delay before tea. The right-hander has struck 22 boundaries off 271 balls to bring up his first 150 in test cricket.

His seventh test ton moves Williamson to a share of seventh in New Zealand's most test century-makers, joining the likes of Glen Turner, Andrew Jones and Bevan Congdon.

He's now two behind catching McCullum and former captain Stephen Fleming.

Mark Craig was not out four after Tim Southee (7) was the only wicket to fall in the four overs played before the rain fell again.

Brendon McCullum could possibly declare overnight but more rain is expected on the fifth and final day.

Left-hander Jimmy Neesham contributed a typically attacking 51 off 67 balls.

Kemar Roach and Jason Holder each took one wicket during the morning session. Roach had figures of 3-46 while Jason Holder claimed 2-26.

Roach struck early for the home team, trapping New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum lbw for 25 inside the first 15 minutes at 135-4.

But Williamson and Neesham shared a stand of 91 for the fifth wicket to dull West Indies' attack.

Williamson, in a rich vein of form, passed three figures with a square cut off his 173rd delivery but soon lost his partner.

Neesham slammed three fours and four sixes before he fell to the ball immediately after bringing up his own landmark. The left-hander drove Holder straight to Kraigg Brathwaite at short extra cover.

But the West Indies were further frustrated as Williamson found another useful ally in B.J. Watling, with the pair adding 34 before the break.

Watling and Williamson took New Zealand past 300 adding 79 for the sixth wicket before the New Zealand wicketkeeper gave Roach his 100th test wicket on the arrival of the new ball. Watling played a loose cut shot straight to Holder at backward point, falling for 29.

The series is tied 1-1.

- AP

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