Williamson landmark ton lights up heavily truncated day

24 March, 2018, 16:05 | Author: Inez Murphy
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Williamson fell for 102 soon after the first rain interval, having lifted New Zealand out of an terrible start when they were eight for one in the day-night Test. By then, New Zealand's lead, already a hefty 171, may be large enough for Kane Williamson to declare and go for the jugular, or, as cricket lovers call it, an innings victory.

Play was halted for the final time at 03:50 GMT but it took more than four hours for the day to officially be ended, just after 21:00 local time, which led to boos from the few spectators who had remained in the ground.

Rain stopped play 17 balls into the third day.

"As a swing bowler it's hard to take because it's hard to swing a ball that isn't round".

James Anderson got his hands on the ball, surely knowing he wouldn't have a lot of time, and managed to complete an over which contained the only notable moments of the day.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain puts down a catch in his civvies. He is concerned at England's test cricket slide
Philip Brown Former England captain Nasser Hussain puts down a catch in his civvies. He is concerned at England's test cricket slide

Nicholls, who had resumed on 49, clipped a Jimmy Anderson delivery off his hip for two runs to bring up the mark. Just before yesterday's wash-out, BJ Watling was beginning to change that with some silky strokes, so let's see if he can give this game the hurry-up.

While the forecast is for better weather over the last two days, the focus will now be on how long New Zealand want to bat at Eden Park on Sunday, with the possibility of exploiting conditions under lights needing to be factored in. Between heavy showers on Friday, Williamson added 11 runs to his overnight score of 91, reaching his century in 297 minutes, from 196 balls with 11 fours and a six.

England had been bowled out for 58 in the first 90 minutes of play on Thursday following a Trent Boult and Tim Southee seam onslaught.

England were using an old ball in the only play under lights so far, on Thursday evening, but were risky enough to suggest the Black Caps could prosper in such a situation. Based on their brainless batting and lacklustre display in the field to date, they do not deserve one.

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