West Indies vs England 3rd Test Day 4: Williamson shines on rain-curtailed day

Williamson struck 22 boundaries during his career-best knock of 161

Williamson struck 22 boundaries during his career-best knock of 161

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson scored a career-best 161 to put the Blackcaps in firm control against the West Indies on a rain-curtailed fourth day in Barbados.

Williamson was well supported by all-rounder James Neesham, who struck a magnificent half-century.

However, West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach deserves a lot of credit as well as he took four wickets.

Starting out the day on 123/3, Williamson and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum managed to add 12 runs to their 55-run partnership before McCullum was given out lbw off the bowling of bowling of Roach for 25.

McCullum immediately reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was going on to crash into leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Williamson and Neesham kept the runs flowing with a 91-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his seventh Test century and Neesham his half-century, before Neesham was caught by Kraigg Brathwaite at short cover off the bowling of Jason Holder.

Neesham’s fantastic knock of 51 came off 67 balls and included three boundaries and four sixes.

Neesham launched four sixes during his innings of 51

Neesham launched four sixes during his innings of 51

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Williamson and wicketkeeper BJ Watling continued to frustrate the West Indies with a 79-run partnership before Watling was caught by Holder at backward point to give Roach his 100th Test wicket.

Roach became the 19th West Indian to take 100 Test wickets.

Roach is ecstatic after taking his 100th Test wicket

Roach is ecstatic after taking his 100th Test wicket

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A short while after Watling was dismissed, the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.

Nearly three hours later, the players finally emerged from the pavilion and the match continued.

The West Indies struck almost immediately after the rain delay when Tim Southee was caught and bowled by Jerome Taylor for only seven runs.

However, just a few balls later, the rain returned and the umpires had no choice but to end play early.

Prior to the rain, Williamson and Mark Craig amassed an unbeaten four-run partnership.

Williamson finished on 161 off 271 balls, which included 22 boundaries, while Craig remained undefeated on four off four deliveries, which included one boundary.

With his score of 161, Williamson became the first New Zealand cricketer to score 150 in the second innings of a Test match against the West Indies.

Williamson was also only the third player after Australia’s Simon Katich and Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammad to score 150 in the second innings of a Test match in Barbados. Katich achieved the feat in 2008, while Mohammad did it in 1958.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Holder snapped up two and Taylor chipped in with one.

New Zealand ended day four on 331/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 13:30 GMT.

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