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Williamson Shines Between Showers

Kane Williamson cuts
Kane Williamson hits out during his unbeaten century on day four
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Kemar Roach celebrates his 100th Test wicket with the departure of BJ Watling
Kemar Roach celebrates his 100th Test wicket with the departure of BJ Watling
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Kemar Roach bowling
Roach bowls during a rain-interrupted penultimate day
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New Zealand 293 & 331-7 (Williamson 161no) v
West Indies 317 (Brathwaite 64)
Third Test, Barbados, day four

Kane Williamson struck a career-best 161 not out as New Zealand extended their lead over the West Indies to 307 runs on a stop-start fourth day of the decisive third Test in Barbados.

A huge chunk of play was lost after lunch, tea was taken early and the players returned late in the day only to see the majority of the final session also lost to the weather.

In what play was possible, Williamson stood firm despite Kemar Roach picking up his 100th Test wicket when he had BJ Watling caught by Jason Holder for 29.

Jimmy Neesham struck his second half-century of the game to offer Williamson support and New Zealand closed on 331 for seven in their second innings.

Looking to build a winning advantage, New Zealand began the day on 123 for three but the West Indies did not have to wait long for a breakthrough as it came when Roach trapped Brendon McCullum in front for 25.

After the ball crashed into his pads, the Black Caps skipper immediately called for a review but the onfield decision was upheld.

That brought Williamson and Neesham together, the latter hitting Shane Shillingford for six to bring up New Zealand's 150.

The all-rounder hit three more maximums and three boundaries, making 51 in 67 balls to add 91 for the fifth wicket with Williamson.

Straight after he got to his half-century, however, he drove Holder straight to Kraigg Brathwaite at cover, seemingly dropping his concentration having got to his second Test half-century.

No such worries for Williamson, though, and he continued to defy the West Indian bowlers as lunch was taken with the score on 260 for five (a lead of 236).

Watling faced 66 balls to make 29 before Roach had him caught by Holder to bring up his milestone of 100 wickets.

Meanwhile, Williamson reached his fifth Test century and would go on to pass 150 for the first time.

Tim Southee, dropped early on in his innings by Sulieman Benn, was unable to make the home side pay, and had scored just seven when he was caught and bowled by Jerome Taylor.

The rain had moved in with New Zealand on 314 for six and tea was taken early.

Play eventually resumed but New Zealand had just enough time to add another 19 runs before stumps were drawn with Williamson unbeaten on 161 in 271 balls and Mark Craig on four.

That leaves the game nicely poised going into the final day of what has been a Test match - and a series - that neither side has been able to dominate for long periods.

Benn and Roach shared nine wickets to bowl New Zealand out on the opening day before Kraigg Brathwaite's 64 handed the West Indies a small lead on first innings.

Williamson's efforts have given New Zealand a big lead, but the rain delays may have taken too much time out of the game for either they, or the West Indies, to force a win.

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