West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Bridgetown, 4th day June 29, 2014

Rain intervenes with New Zealand on top

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New Zealand 293 and 331 for 7 (Williamson 161*, Roach 4-55) lead West Indies 317 by 307 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kane Williamson was at his meticulous best. His seventh Test century took his series tally past 400 and guided New Zealand into a commanding position. The visitors stretched their lead to 307 and, with the fourth-day Kensington Oval pitch showing signs of variable bounce, West Indies' hopes would have started to dwindle. A sharp downpour either side of tea forced play to end early and was the only menace to New Zealand's hopes of a series win.

Memories of Dunedin might tempt New Zealand to declare overnight considering weather is likely to intervene on the final day as well, with scattered showers predicted.

The West Indies bowlers struggled to pose much threat with the old ball. Turn was on offer but it was slow. Their desperation was best depicted when the new ball was taken and Jerome Taylor was seen talking to it, as if cajoling it would fetch him his first wicket of the match. His plea did work, but the benefactor was Kemar Roach who claimed his 100th Test wicket by dismissing BJ Watling. However, it was the batsman at the other end who sapped them of their energy.

Williamson had to defuse a tricky situation last evening and those skills were needed once again. He was the common denominator in all four of New Zealand's half-century partnerships. Soft hands were a feature of his play as he buckled down; decisive footwork got him into positions that allowed him to tackle extra turn or low bounce. He did not go chasing for runs. They came when the bowlers fed his strengths - behind square on the off side and through midwicket - to contribute to 95 of his 161.

He had begun with two fours off his first seven balls before settling into his designated role of sheet anchor. As familiar as that has become for New Zealand, it doesn't happen often during the second innings. In his last ten second-inning knocks, Williamson had four fifties but the remainder had all been single figures. However, his ability to focus on the next ball helped both him and his side to gain a solid foothold into securing the series. He also joined Martin Crowe at the top of the list of centuries made by New Zealand batsmen by the age of 24.

West Indies had bet on the pitch misbehaving as well and utilised spin for much of the morning session. However, Jimmy Neesham did not let them settle. His second half-century of the match was characterised by confident footwork and clean hits, especially down the ground. Neesham's fluency melded with Williamson's composure and their 91-run stand completely offset the loss of an early wicket.

Brendon McCullum had not looked authoritative and was trapped leg before by an in-dipper from Roach. But aside from that West Indies lacked intensity for much of the morning session. Shane Shillingford, stripped of his doosra, traveled at 4.5 per over. Sulieman Benn managed only one maiden out of 26 overs. Their woes were compounded when Darren Bravo sustained a nasty blow to his hand at forward short leg, when Williamson went for a pull, and was not seen since.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RobTay14 on June 30, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Williamson's really starting to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he was still a teenager. A slightly wobbly start to this innings, but now he looks a mature, reliable, upper echelon player. He's patient with deliveries, letting the ball come to him, but not afraid to attack when given the opportunity. Great signs for both him and NZ cricket.

  • paddles952 on June 30, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Meticulous is a grand adjective for an accountant, graceful and elegant more apt for Kane. That was smoothness personified. Looked class all the way thru, one of those pull shots of shilly screamed to the boundary not more than 5 yards past deep square with pure timing and classic technique. Probably the most aesthetically pleasing batsman since Michael Vaughn.

  • on June 30, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I think heads should roll if west indies lose this series.

  • lyl67 on June 30, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    West Indies diid not pick Narine which was a grave mistake because of their policy, however the biggest mistake was the dropping Blackwood who did a splendid job in his first test. He seemed more experience than some team mates and was able to contribute to at least two good partnerships something lacking in this test. Who should take the blame? I ask you, the manager, the selectors or the players. You decide.

  • on June 30, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    WI you are seriously in danger of being over taken by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh as that's how woeful you are! Entire team just look likes they can't be bothered playing Test cricket , and cause of that your test status should be taken away and given to a country like Holland or Ireland who would do anything to play test cricket. NZ will only be judged against the big two teams , but a away series win is a away series win so well done.

  • SLslider on June 30, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I don' think WI can win, they are a mediocre team and their players are not committed, Their players are only loyal towards IPL. I hope ICC can take their test status way.

  • bobbo2 on June 30, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Great stuff with the declaration NZ. As a fan I would have no issue losing in this case, knowing you were doing the right thing. Sadly too few captains are willing to risk a loss

  • delboy on June 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Brathwaite can be added to that list also of HOME players who should know how to exploit this wicket. Yes the curator prepared a wicket specifically for each match but after a while home knowledge is invaluable at this level.

  • delboy on June 30, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Unimpressed. Benn, Roach, Edwards and Holder are playing at HOME; they should know better than most how to get the best out of this wicket. Knowledge of ones home ground (pitch) is always an advantage.

  • on June 30, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    I am a West Indian but KW has been very impressive. NZ need to declare now to give both a chance rather than a slow boring draw

  • RobTay14 on June 30, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Williamson's really starting to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he was still a teenager. A slightly wobbly start to this innings, but now he looks a mature, reliable, upper echelon player. He's patient with deliveries, letting the ball come to him, but not afraid to attack when given the opportunity. Great signs for both him and NZ cricket.

  • paddles952 on June 30, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Meticulous is a grand adjective for an accountant, graceful and elegant more apt for Kane. That was smoothness personified. Looked class all the way thru, one of those pull shots of shilly screamed to the boundary not more than 5 yards past deep square with pure timing and classic technique. Probably the most aesthetically pleasing batsman since Michael Vaughn.

  • on June 30, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I think heads should roll if west indies lose this series.

  • lyl67 on June 30, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    West Indies diid not pick Narine which was a grave mistake because of their policy, however the biggest mistake was the dropping Blackwood who did a splendid job in his first test. He seemed more experience than some team mates and was able to contribute to at least two good partnerships something lacking in this test. Who should take the blame? I ask you, the manager, the selectors or the players. You decide.

  • on June 30, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    WI you are seriously in danger of being over taken by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh as that's how woeful you are! Entire team just look likes they can't be bothered playing Test cricket , and cause of that your test status should be taken away and given to a country like Holland or Ireland who would do anything to play test cricket. NZ will only be judged against the big two teams , but a away series win is a away series win so well done.

  • SLslider on June 30, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I don' think WI can win, they are a mediocre team and their players are not committed, Their players are only loyal towards IPL. I hope ICC can take their test status way.

  • bobbo2 on June 30, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Great stuff with the declaration NZ. As a fan I would have no issue losing in this case, knowing you were doing the right thing. Sadly too few captains are willing to risk a loss

  • delboy on June 30, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Brathwaite can be added to that list also of HOME players who should know how to exploit this wicket. Yes the curator prepared a wicket specifically for each match but after a while home knowledge is invaluable at this level.

  • delboy on June 30, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Unimpressed. Benn, Roach, Edwards and Holder are playing at HOME; they should know better than most how to get the best out of this wicket. Knowledge of ones home ground (pitch) is always an advantage.

  • on June 30, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    I am a West Indian but KW has been very impressive. NZ need to declare now to give both a chance rather than a slow boring draw

  • Collis79 on June 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    I think that its incredible that the WIndian commentators has not mentioned how appalling the lack of footwork the WIndies batsmen possess and how that lack of footwork cost them their wickets in this particular Test match. They might have said it in the past and are sick of mentioning it, but they SHOULD ALWAYS mention it when they are commentating. They are really not doing these batsmen any favours by choosing not to mention it because that is why people like Gayle, Edwards, Brathwaite Bravo and Blackwood will NEVER become International Test batsmen. The bowling of Benn and Shillingford in this Test has proven that WIndies will go nowhere with spin.

  • on June 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    If NZ are to win this test then they need to dangle the carrot for the WI. Not point batting too long on 5th morning as get the lead to 320 quickly and forget about Williamson get 200 unless he wants to throw the bat around. And knowing the WI they will take the bait and try and score quickly and will be skittled for 150 or so.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on June 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Emanuel Cummings,

    Holder has not bowled as sharply as he can during this test. Previously, he bowled around the 80mph mark but throughout the last twelve months or so, he has gotten stronger and added a yard or two of pace, frequently bowling at 85mph - and patently quick enough for test cricket. With the movement and bounce he extracts, I feel he is a worthy selection in the test side - but for me, he would take the place of the stock bowler, i.e. Shillingford. A slow bowling all-rounder would be my choice - Deonarine hasn't performed so well with the bat but he bowls at a similar standard to the specialist spinners - pick him at six and play Roach, Taylor, Beaton and Holder. Yes, I too like Beaton. Probably needs a bit more cricket but I love the potential - good high action and REAL QUICK. Look out for young Ray Jordan in a year or two also, another very promising fast bowler.

  • on June 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @22Many Who's Druid?

  • 22many on June 30, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    has anyone heard from Druid of late...just wondering if he feels the #5 spot is up for grabs!!!

  • everfaithful77 on June 30, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Williamson has taught the West Indies batsmen a very good lesson. When you are well set don't throw away your wickets. This isn't limited overs cricket so exercise more patience and bat as long as possible. Gayle got out for 42 trying to hit a six when the opening partnership was doing well with 79 off 21 overs. Then his opening partner Brathwaite was caught at cover for 68 trying to force a drive without getting to the pitch of the ball which was very uncharacteristic of the young batsman. 40 odd runs later it was Bravo who ran out of patience after hitting 5 boundaries in a score of 24 in 58 balls. They all got good starts but didn't capitalize on these starts to put Windies in a dominant position like they did so well in Trinidad. After bowling out New Zealand for 293 on the 1st day Windies batsmen had ample time to build a big 1st inning lead that would've given them the advantage in this match. Instead they squandered that opportunity by poor shot selection & impatience.

  • on June 30, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Butts and Gibson continues to make foolish selections for the WI ,Holder is to Slow to be a proper fast bowler , he is even slower than Sammy. We need to select Proper fast bowlers, like Ronsford Beaton , Holder only got selected because he is Barbadian and Tony Cozier picked him from the Commentary Box . So can I pick Mr Ronsford Beaton from my FB Page . I would have picked Johnson instead of Blackwood. Blackwood is more suited for T20 and one day while Johnson is a test batsman . Please let us have 3 teams T20, 5o overs and test . For Spinners Narine and Benn for T20 and 50 Overs and Bishoo or Shillingford for the Test . My Fast Bowlers for test are Beaton, Roach and Taylor

  • CGKK on June 30, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    The one good thing about Fulton and Rutherfords batting this series, is that at the start of every innings I have had just enough time to make a coffee and then enjoy Kane Williamsons batting after our openers give the Windies some slip catching practice.

  • on June 30, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Black caps are definitely win this match...gooooo

  • on June 30, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    This match definitely won by black caps NCIS there is no rain today

  • SameOld on June 30, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Williamson deserves a win from this Test, but when has weather ever acted in NZs favour? I think once, in recent memory. A home Test a couple of years ago that KW managed to save with the help of just enough rain. That's it though, just the once. NZ just does not enjoy any good luck in that regard. WI will save this Test with a session rained out. Cruel, but that's my prediction.

    What I hope will happen, of course, is a bit different. Glorious sunshine all day, one hour of NZ slapping it around the place, 200* for KW, Gayle out to Southee early, 5 for Boult, 3 for Wagner, done just after tea.

    Is that so much to ask? Please, weather gods, haven't we NZ fans suffered enough at your hands?

  • on June 30, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Williamson is pure class. For many years to come he will be the backbone of NZ batting. Latham played fantastically in this series except this match. May be NZ should get back to Guptil as the other opener. Add the genuine match winning seam bowling options and Brendon McCullam's captaincy, this is a serious team. I will back them to play competitive cricket in all conditions.

  • aclarity on June 30, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    The WI batsmen should learn to move their feet like Williamson. Without Narine the WI bowling is a joke. If Holder is our brightest young prospect then we are truly doomed. His average pace was 126kph. At that pace, neither swing nor bounce will trouble a good batsman. That pace reminded me of the Indian pacers in the 1970's (bar Kapil Dev). Holder cannot make the 4th Indian team today as a pacer. I can think of more than four Bajan pacers who could replace Holder and we have more in Guyana, Jamaica and the Windwards. Holder may yet turn out to be a good prospect but he must play some more FC games and up his pace to 135kph. Right now he is not ready for prime time. The WI will lose this test because they selected 5 batsmen and 3 bowlers; left Narine and Matthew out, and put undue pressure on Ramdhin to bat, captain and keep. Gibson will have other ideas and will endure. - Thin or thick ice Tony.

  • anver777 on June 30, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Kane is maturing in every game & has all qualities of a great player.. who knows NZ board might consider KW for NZ captaincy after BMac retires in future !!!!!

  • mjp2 on June 30, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    If Kane finishes not out in this innings he will take his test average over 40, which he thoroughly deserves.

  • anver777 on June 30, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Quiet interesting decision for BMac today....will he declare @ overnight score & go for win or will he allow Kane to get his 1st test double ton.... whatever, if there's no rain, hope we can see a good battle from both sides on the last day !!!!

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    NewZeland certainly is in commanding position right now and they must go for a lead of 350 by eyeing batting for a 10 overs long period only

    Chasing 350 with RR 4 over 90 overs is not an easy task so newZeland will either win it or WI will make it hardly to draw ...

  • Antony_Lucas on June 30, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Williamson outstanding. With a long tail, McCullum will declare just before the start of play and hope to eradicate the Gayle force early. We saw England manage to almost survive against SL starting 5 down on day 5, alas batting on further would prove detrimental

  • Sexysteven on June 30, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Good knock by Kane he is the future and should be nzs greatest batsman ever but I thought about mccullum and in general he never has lived up to his talent lets hope Kane does yes neesham and Anderson r good players but there's only room for one of them in the test team at six to similiar players will be competing for the one test spot for the next ten years or so the inform player gets the nod Atm neesham is the inform player and yes declare overnight is a must if we want a chance of winning the test if we happen to lose so be it they would deserve to win if they chased that down and it would likely that it would be due to gayles class if we lose no shame going down if that happens even that would be better then a draw that's for sure so go for the win I say

  • on June 30, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    I think nz should bat for 10 overs tomorrow. bcz the game is starting 1/2 hour earlier.so bat for 10 overs and make the lead 350+ After that we will have 90 overs to bowl out windies

  • Lakpj on June 30, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    He has the potential to go down as the greatest Kiwi Batsman of all time.

  • on June 30, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Neesham's shot off Taylor when he smashed him straight for six (whilst not nearly one of the bigger strikes) was so pure, it was almost erotic. I think we can all agree (unless you are crazy stubborn) that it would be nice to see Neesham and Anderson together there in the middle order(in ALL formats) for a decade! So.... could the ICC please accommodate the fact that NZ now has too many awesome players (Ryder will return at some point) by allowing 12- or 13-man cricket? LOLZ! No, but seriously, I know Neesh got himself out (got a bit carried away, lol) but I watch cricket to bear witness to that kind of fluidity and almost cavalier attitude to the match situation... it is pure entertainment!! The weather cost us (NZ) about 25 overs... and we would already be bowling and have posted a 340+ lead prior.... But there is still hope if we fight tooth and nail and leave nothing out there boyz. Even consider an overnight declaration? Either way, give it everything 8-)

  • landl47 on June 30, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    7 test centuries at age 23 is impressive and this time he went on and converted it to a big innings. Provided the weather stays good, it should be a fascinating day's play tomorrow.

  • on June 30, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    kane wiiiiamson is the future and hope of newzealand cricket. He has ability to prove himself as the best batsman . what a consistancy he is ???????????????

  • on June 30, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    WILLIAMSON , the future and hope of new zealand cricket

  • Ms.Cricket on June 30, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Well done Kane Williamson! McCullum is not known to be a brave captain so he will probably bat on and lose the chance to push towards a fabulous victory.

  • MrKingi on June 30, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Good effort SugarKane. Neesham makes it look easy. If he sticks around for a long time then i could see him breaking or getting close to the record for 6's in test cricket

  • on June 30, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    His innings was very chancy with lots of edges to the boundary but a good innings nevertheless!!!

  • on June 29, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    In this game of glorious uncertainties only rain can save windies. Should NZ prevail it was richly deserved.

  • pt_pt on June 29, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Wonderful Williamson ....what a player he is, now averaging 40 plus and getting better and better. For sure will be one the greats for NZ cricket.

  • HOOPCHAN on June 29, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Why did the Windies pick 5 bowlers again?

  • on June 29, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Only three players in the history of the game had more centuries than Williamson at the age of 23: Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sir Garry Sobers. What a champ.

  • on June 29, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Congratulations Kane on your century. I am confident you will go on to make a double century. Kane Williamson is without doubt New Zealand's number one batsman and one of the most complete batsmen playing cricket anywhere in the world today.

  • iceaxe on June 29, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Awesome Kane. Great for NZ cricket. He will only get better...

  • on June 29, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    What is the weather like in Guyana? This test match was originally scheduled to be played there..

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Great innings Kane. A shame we lost time to rain, a few overs of Southee and Craig having a tonk would have put it out of reach for West Indies. As it stands we will probably have to declare overnight and bowl well. It should be a close finish to a close series. Anyone know the weather forecast? It would be a shame if rain had the final say in the series.

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Some sports writers mus really improve their vocabulary range. NZ are not in a commanding position; they batted first are are thus settibg a target for the WI to chase. They might take command at some stage during the WI reply if and when that happens!

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    omg!!!! rain pls. stop let nz win the series. bcz nz worked out hard if even 20 overs of play come out today.nz will win. but if only Tomorrow game will began it is likely to draw

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    no doubt williamson is back bone for black caps

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Said it before , going into this test WI should have been pm saying 4 pacers along w/ Blackwood . Hope they can hold on for a draw .

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I agree , this guy is so reliable these days

  • Greatest_Game on June 29, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Ahem …… I make a post about the exciting build up of the match ... and ... Watling falls 2 overs later… and ... another 2 overs later the rain comes down …..

    I'm not a believer in hexes ….. I'm not superstitious …. and I'm not saying another thing until this match is over!

  • bobbo2 on June 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Williamson is starting to look like a great batsman. He is so composed, has all the shots and he is still so young. He will surely go on to be NZ's top run scorer in time. Great to see and he also seems like a good kid. Now if NZ could get Ryder back in the fold, who also has talent to burn, NZ will be a very strong team with so much young talent in the team.

  • Greatest_Game on June 29, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    At 147* Kane Williamson must be up in the top ranked 15 ranked batsmen. If he take this innings a lot further - and he has the time with B Mac set to declare by tea tomorrow ;)) - he just might sneak his way into the top 10! He needs 131 points to pass Kohli. That is quite a climb to make, but a not-out double might get him there? A quick march to a double - his SR is increasing - might also get a bit more urgency, & maybe another boundary, from the very circumspect, but very valuable, BJ. Come on BJ - you have at least 2 fours in you!

    BUT……. with the new ball being taken, so much could happen. Sterling stuff from the Kiwis so far, and getting more & more exciting as the clock ticks on. Keep going, Black Caps!

  • ak928 on June 29, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    kane williamson is simply one of the best batsman around the globe at this moment...............seeing his progress,he will surely become the best batsman that nz have ever produced.......whatva player!!

  • ak928 on June 29, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    kane williamson is simply one of the best batsman around the globe at this moment...............seeing his progress,he will surely become the best batsman that nz have ever produced.......whatva player!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 29, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    At 147* Kane Williamson must be up in the top ranked 15 ranked batsmen. If he take this innings a lot further - and he has the time with B Mac set to declare by tea tomorrow ;)) - he just might sneak his way into the top 10! He needs 131 points to pass Kohli. That is quite a climb to make, but a not-out double might get him there? A quick march to a double - his SR is increasing - might also get a bit more urgency, & maybe another boundary, from the very circumspect, but very valuable, BJ. Come on BJ - you have at least 2 fours in you!

    BUT……. with the new ball being taken, so much could happen. Sterling stuff from the Kiwis so far, and getting more & more exciting as the clock ticks on. Keep going, Black Caps!

  • bobbo2 on June 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Williamson is starting to look like a great batsman. He is so composed, has all the shots and he is still so young. He will surely go on to be NZ's top run scorer in time. Great to see and he also seems like a good kid. Now if NZ could get Ryder back in the fold, who also has talent to burn, NZ will be a very strong team with so much young talent in the team.

  • Greatest_Game on June 29, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Ahem …… I make a post about the exciting build up of the match ... and ... Watling falls 2 overs later… and ... another 2 overs later the rain comes down …..

    I'm not a believer in hexes ….. I'm not superstitious …. and I'm not saying another thing until this match is over!

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I agree , this guy is so reliable these days

  • on June 29, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Said it before , going into this test WI should have been pm saying 4 pacers along w/ Blackwood . Hope they can hold on for a draw .

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    no doubt williamson is back bone for black caps

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    omg!!!! rain pls. stop let nz win the series. bcz nz worked out hard if even 20 overs of play come out today.nz will win. but if only Tomorrow game will began it is likely to draw

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Some sports writers mus really improve their vocabulary range. NZ are not in a commanding position; they batted first are are thus settibg a target for the WI to chase. They might take command at some stage during the WI reply if and when that happens!

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Great innings Kane. A shame we lost time to rain, a few overs of Southee and Craig having a tonk would have put it out of reach for West Indies. As it stands we will probably have to declare overnight and bowl well. It should be a close finish to a close series. Anyone know the weather forecast? It would be a shame if rain had the final say in the series.