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Classy Williamson punishes West Indies

New Zealand finishes rain-hit day four of final Test on 331 for 7, an overall lead of 307

Classy Williamson punishes West Indies - Cricket News
Kane Williamson of New Zealand scores an unbeaten 161 against West Indies.
Kane Williamson was batting on a Test-best 161 not out to put New Zealand in a strong position at the end of a rain-shortened fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies.
 
New Zealand ended play on Sunday (June 29) at 331 for 7 at the Kensington Oval, leading by 307 runs, with Williamson holding the innings together in his six-hour stay at the crease. Williamson’s effort tilted a keenly balanced match New Zealand’s way, though rain in the afternoon hampered its progress.
 
New Zealand was already well-placed at 314 for 6, a lead of 290, when there was heavy rain in the afternoon, and only 20 more minutes of play were possible. The wet weather is likely to prompt Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, to consider his options for declaring as New Zealand searches for a win in this deciding final Test of a series that is currently locked at 1-1.
 
Williamson stroked 22 boundaries during his classy knock, which has topped off an outstanding series for the young batsman. Williamson already has 413 runs so far in the three Tests. McCullum contributed to his team's improved second innings effort, scoring 25 in a 67-run fourth-wicket partnership with Williamson before he fell lbw to Kemar Roach in the fourth over of the day.
 
Jimmy Neesham, the allrounder, picked up from where his captain left off and was even more impressive, striking four sixes and three fours in an entertaining 51 in a fifth-wicket stand of 91 before another powerful drive by him off Jason Holder, the debutant, found Kraigg Brathwaite.
 
BJ Watling, the New Zealand wicketkeeper, contributed 29 while playing second fiddle to Williamson in a sixth-wicket stand of 79, as the match inched away from the West Indies. The home side got a breakthrough with the second new ball, with Roach getting his 100th Test wicket in his 26th match when Watling fell. Roach was the 19th West Indies player to reach the landmark.
 
It was Roach’s fourth wicket in the innings and his eighth of the match.

Although it faces a challenging task, the West Indies contingent will draw inspiration from history, having chased 311 on this ground in the fourth innings in 1999, led by Brian Lara’s 153 not out against Australia.

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