West Indies vs. New Zealand, 3rd Test: Day 4 Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

New Zealand's Tom Latham, right, and Kane Williamson run between wicket during the second innings of their first cricket Test match in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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New Zealand are seemingly in a good position to win the third Test against West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados after a solid batting display.

Kane Williamson finished a weather-hit day on 161 not out as the Kiwis racked up a lead of 307 runs, which may be enough to force a victory tomorrow.

New Zealand began on 123-3, ahead by 99, with Williamson unbeaten on 57 and Brendon McCullum alongside him on 23.

However, McCullum would not last long at all as he added just two more runs to his overnight total before being caught lbw by Kemar Roach.

Jimmy Neesham was the new man and looked to be positive almost immediately as he hit a number of boundaries and helped take the Kiwis past 150 in relatively quick time.

At the other end, Williamson coped well with the variable bounce in the pitch and anchored the innings, seemingly taking a back seat but also taking opportunities to score.

Meanwhile, despite their early wicket the West Indians seemed to be lacking intensity and discipline, with spinners Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn struggling to get control.

Williamson brought up his century well before lunch, and then Neesham passed 50 right before the break.

Unfortunately, Neesham departed for 51 immediately after bringing up his half-century as he chipped an easy catch to Kraigg Brathwaite at short cover off Jason Holder.

West Indies vs. New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4 Scorecard
New Zealand 2nd InningsNZ 1st Innings 293West Indies 1st Innings 317
T. Lathamc Shillingfordb Roach099
H. Rutherfordc Ramdinb Roach197339
K. WilliamsonNot Out161374271
R. Taylorc Bravob Holder6168
B. McCullumlbwb Roach258353
J. Neeshamc Brathwaiteb Holder519167
B. Watlingc Holderb Roach298866
T. Southeec and bTaylor72719
M. CraigNot Out444
Extras1nb 7w 20b 1lb29
Total331-789.1 overs
J. Taylor164541
K. Roach19.14554
S. Benn261940
J. Holder102262
S. Shillingford182810

That meant BJ Watling arrived at the crease, and he helped Williamson stretch New Zealand’s lead to 236 at lunch, with the visitors looking well set at 260-5.

After lunch, Watling continued to grind along in his usual way but was undone when he reached 29 as he hit a wide ball from Roach straight to Holder at point.

Shortly after, Williamson passed 150, but then the poor weather that had dogged Friday returned and forced the players off after the New Zealander reached his milestone.

The prospects of play looked bleak as black clouds descended and the rain hammered down, so the players took tea as the poor weather continued.

Having sat in the pavilion and watched the rain fall, the teams were delighted to see the weather finally clear and play resumed at 4:30 p.m. local time, with New Zealand ahead by 290 runs.

Soon, the visitors stretched their lead well beyond 300, but Tim Southee vacated the crease having made just seven as he was caught and bowled by Jerome Taylor.

Then, with new man Mark Craig fresh at the crease, the rain returned and the players were forced off once again for what would be the final time before play was abandoned.

With a lead of 307, New Zealand are in a good position to declare overnight and attempt to force a result by bowling West Indies out, but it may be a stretch given the poor weather.