NZ close in on victory

23:41, Dec 21 2013

New Zealand were closing in on a test series victory over the West Indies in Hamilton today.

At lunch, the Black Caps were 89-1 in pursuit of 122 in their second innings for victory in the third test at Seddon Park and a 2-0 series win in the three-test series.

Following a testing two-hour session on day four, opener Hamish Rutherford was 33 not out and Kane Williamson unbeaten on 39.

New Zealand resumed their second innings this morning at six without loss, needing another 116 runs for a second consecutive test win, with two days up their sleeve.

The West Indies opted for skipper Darren Sammy's seamers from one end while wily off-spinner Sunil Narine was given the new ball to tweak his magic with at the other.

Rutherford survived a couple of scary moments against Narine before losing opening partner Peter Fulton for 10 when he was snapped up caught and bowled by Sammy.


The hosts had to endure a spell of 34 balls without a run before Rutherford finally found a response to Narine's torment by forcing him through point off the back foot for four.

Rutherford was given out caught behind off Narine by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin when on 24 and NZ 43-1 but Rutherford called for a referral and after an agonising wait was given a reprieve by third umpire Paul Reiffel after TV replays seemed to indicate there was no nick.

Williamson also offered a chance when he got an inside edge to a ball from left-arm slow bowler Veerasammy Permaul when on 14 that Kieran Powell couldn't clutch low to his right.




Seddon Park, Hamilton

WEST INDIES First Innings 367

NEW ZEALAND First Innings 349

WEST INDIES Second Innings 103

NEW ZEALAND Second Innings (target: 122 runs)
PG Fulton c & b DJG Sammy 10
HD Rutherford not out 33
KS Williamson not out 39
Extras (b 6, nb 1) 7
Total (for 1 wicket, 32.0 overs) 89

Fall: 1-33 (PG Fulton, 12.4)

Bowling: TL Best 4-2-9-0, SP Narine 16-6-39-0, DJG Sammy 9-3-21-1 (1nb), V Permaul 3-1-14-0