West Indies built a big lead on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand as they looked to push for a series-levelling victory.
The West Indians finished their innings on 460 all out, a lead of 239, with debutant Jermaine Blackwood looking very handy with 63 at a good rate.
The hosts commenced play on 310-5, ahead by 89 and looking to build on their strong position.
Having taken the lead past 100, nightwatchman Kemar Roach was the first to go as he was caught by Jimmy Neesham off Trent Boult for six runs.
Blackwood then came to the crease and was off the mark almost immediately as he squirted a boundary through the slips for his first runs in Test cricket.
He then hit a towering six from just his ninth ball off Boult, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul also joined in the boundary-hitting off Mark Craig in the next over.
The West Indians took 45 runs in the first hour as both batsmen looked to be positive, although Blackwood was given a lifeline as Tom Latham dropped him off Craig.
Having taken the side into a 150-run lead, Chanderpaul would perish before bringing up his fifty as he was out lbw to Ish Sodhi for 47 before the lunch interval.
However, Blackwood and captain Denesh Ramdin would take the West Indians to lunch at 396-7, with the debutant unbeaten on 31 and Ramdin on five not out.
Leading by 175, the pair would resume after the break and continue to be positive as the lead soared above 200.
|West Indies vs. New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3 Scorecard|
|West Indies 1st Innings||New Zealand 1st Innings 221 all out|
|C. Gayle||b Boult||1||12||11|
|K. Brathwaite||c and b||Boult||129||378||258|
|S. Benn||b Southee||4||39||20|
|K. Edwards||c Watling||b Sodhi||55||86||64|
|D. Bravo||c Craig||b Williamson||109||198||155|
|S. Chanderpaul||lbw||b Sodhi||47||158||93|
|K. Roach||c Neesham||c Boult||6||57||41|
|J. Blackwood||c Taylor||b Sodhi||63||146||110|
|D. Ramdin||c Taylor||b Neesham||32||92||67|
|J. Taylor||c Craig||b Sodhi||4||11||4|
|S. Gabriel||Not Out||0||5||1|
|Extras||1nb 3w 6lb||10|
|Total||Lead by 239||460 all out||137.1 overs|
|New Zealand 2nd Innings|
|T. Latham||Not Out||38||115|
|B. McCullum||lbw||b Taylor||3||30||17|
|K. Williamson||Not Out||30||112|
Blackwood would go on to complete his maiden Test half-century from 93 balls off the bowling of Williamson, having tightened his defence alongside some good attacking shots.
However, the debutant would be removed by Sodhi for 63 as Ross Taylor took a good catch at slip, leaving West Indies 456-8 and ahead by 235 runs.
From the following over, Taylor would take a superb catch off Ramdin from the bowling of Neesham to remove the West Indian captain for 32.
Then, Sodhi finished off the innings immediately as he had Jerome Taylor caught at long off by Craig to finish the innings on 460, with the West Indians ahead by 239 runs.
Latham and Brendon McCullum were required to face a five-over session before tea, but the pair came through unscathed and took their side to the break at 4-0.
Straight after tea, McCullum would fall lbw to Taylor for just three as he played around a straight one, bringing Williamson to the crease.
Alongside Latham, the pair once again looked to build the New Zealand innings after an early wicket and applied themselves well against some disciplined bowling.
With plenty of time left in the game, both batsmen were able to dig in well and build a partnership, and they did so with relative ease as the session wore on.
While they both had relatively low strike rates—especially compared to their opponents earlier in the day—both Latham and Williamson looked solid.
Their partnership went past 50 runs at a rate of just under two runs per over, with all the West Indian bowlers managing to maintain low economy rates.
At the close, New Zealand were 73-1, 166 runs behind their opponents but still with two days left in the game and plenty of wickets in hand.
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