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Kane Williamson staves off West Indies' challenge

Kane Williamson staves off West Indies' challenge
LISTEN JUN 30, 2014

Beginning day four 99 runs ahead, the Black Caps added 208 to reach 331-7 at stumps in Barbados - with Williamson surpassing 150 for the first time in his Test career.

Sunday's play was again affected by rain, with only 55.1 overs bowled to hinder the chances of a positive result.

The Windies could only make four breakthroughs during the day, with paceman Kemar Roach (4-55) snaring two of them - including his 100th Test wicket, making him the 19th West Indies bowler to the milestone.

Unbeaten with Williamson - who started the day on 58 - is in-form tailender Mark Craig (four).

Williamson frustrated the Windies' attack, surviving 271 deliveries and cracking 22 fours as he surpassed his previous best in a Test match of 135.

All eyes had been on the 23-year-old heading into the series decider, after the ICC requested Williamson's bowling technique be tested for legality, however it was his batting that made the headlines on Sunday.

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham (51) provided Williamson with some swashbuckling support, as he hit three fours and four sixes in his 67-ball innings.

Captain Brendon McCullum (25) and BJ Watling (29) - Roach's 99th and 100th victims respectively - got starts, but could not capitalise.

Watling and Tim Southee (seven) were both dismissed late in the day, however the Black Caps - whose first innings of 293 all out looked below par - continued their salvation effort to get back into the Test match.

Fast bowler Jason Holder (2-26) performed well, dismissing Neesham for his second Test wicket after his maiden breakthrough of Ross Taylor on Saturday.

Darren Bravo looked to have suffered a finger injury in the field, however an assessment revealed no great damage and the number four bat should be fit for the final day's play.

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