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de Grandhomme aggression tames Windies

Published: 
Sunday, December 3, 2017
New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme plays through the onside during his record breaking knock in New Zealand’s first innings of the first Test against West Indies in Wellington.

Colin de Grandhomme smashed the fastest-ever maiden Test century and the second-fastest by a New Zealander, to put West Indies to the sword and leave them with little chance of saving the opening Test at the Basin Reserve.

The 31-year-old’s aggressive hundred, in only his seventh Test following his debut a year ago, came from just 71 deliveries and propelled the Black Caps to a massive 447 for nine in their first innings on day—a massive lead of 313 runs with three days left in the contest.

Arriving at number seven in the second over of the final session, de Grandhomme reached the landmark to also record the joint ninth-fastest Test hundred of all time and the fastest ever against West Indies

Stroke-maker Ross Taylor missed out on his 17th Test hundred when he fell for 93 while Henry Nicholls hit 67 and wicket-keeper Tom Blundell, an unbeaten 57 on debut.

Seamer Kemar Roach bowled impressively to end with three for 73 while pacer Miguel Cummins (2-74) and off-spinner Roston Chase (2-83) picked up two wickets apiece, on a chastening day for the Windies.

Resuming the day on 85 for two, New Zealand prospered courtesy of Taylor and company as the West Indies seamers toiled without reward, managing a single in each of the first two sessions, as the Black Caps controlled the game, adding 95 runs in the morning period and 86 in the post-lunch.

The right-handed Taylor, on 12 at the start, raised his half-century about half-hour before the interval and looked to be closing in on a three figures when he was lbw to Roach. Initially given not out, the decision was overturned on review, ending a polished knock that came from 160 balls and included 10 fours.

Nicholls, meanwhile carved out his fifth Test half-century, before falling 10 minutes after tea when he helped a short ball from Cummins into the lap of Gabriel at deep backward square.

Mitchell Santner was then bowled by Cummins for 17 at 281 for six, leaving the Windies with the ideal opportunity to limit the hosts.

de Grandhomme’s arrival ended any such hopes, however. The Zimbabwe-born all-rounder attacked from the outset, storming to his half-century off just 44 balls, with his second fifty requiring only 27 deliveries.

He posted 148 for the seventh wicket with Blundell, who faced 100 deliveries and counted six fours, a partnership that quenched the Windies fight.

All told, de Grandhomme faced 74 balls and crunched 11 fours and three sixes, before holing out to long-on off Chase, half-hour before close.

Scores

WEST INDIES 1st Innings - 134
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings - 447 for 9
(overnight 85 for two)
T Latham c Roach b Holder 37
J Raval c wkp Dowrich b Roach 42
*K Williamson c Hope b Roach 1
R Taylor lbw b Roach 93
H Nicholls c Gabriel b Cummins 67
M Santner b Cummins 17
C de Grandhomme c Powell b Chase 105
+T Blundell not out 57
N Wagner b Chase 3
M Henry c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 4
T Boult not out 2
Extras (b4, lb2, nb13) 19
TOTAL (9 wkts, 127 overs) 447
Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-68, 3-109, 4-236, 5-272, 6-281, 7-429, 8-437, 9-442.
Bowling: Gabriel 26-3-8-1, Roach 19-5-73-3, Cummins 24-7-74-2, Holder 27-7-85-1, Chase 23-2-83-2, Brathwaite 8-0-46-0.
Position: New Zealand lead by 313 runs with one wicket intact.

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