Grand ton hit against West Indies
COLIN de Grandhomme has bludgeoned his way to his first Test century and the secondfastest by a New Zealander to turn the screws on the West Indies in Wellington.
The burly right-hander’s 105 flogged a tiring attack that had already been blunted by half centuries to Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls.
It also put him among the top 10 fastest tons of all time. At stumps on day two, New Zealand was 9-447, a lead of 313 runs.
Debutant Tom Blundell was not out 57 and Trent Boult two. De Grandhomme slapped 11 fours and three sixes to eclipse his previous best of 57 against South Africa in Hamilton earlier this year.
Brendon McCullum’s 54ball blitz against Australia remains the world record but de Grandhomme overtook McCullum’s 74-ball knock against Sri Lanka.
He and Blundell put on a partnership of 148 for the seventh wicket, which went at nearly six an over.
The 31-year-old was eventually caught off part-time spinner Roston Chase.
Kemar Roach was best of the West Indies bowlers with 3-73, Miguel Cummins returned 2-74, Chase 2-83 and Jason Holder 1-85. ROUND eight of the CTPL was abandoned without a ball bowled, ruining the milestones of a pair of skippers at KGV.
Glenorchy captain Nathan Matthews and Clarence counterpart Harry Allanby will now have to wait another week to bring up their 200th and 150th milestones after heavy rain Friday and early yesterday forced all games to be called off.
With the Big Bash approaching, action now returns to the Twenty20 format, with first grade to play a round of matches on Friday night starting at 5.15pm and another on Saturday night beginning 4.45pm.
Meanwhile, four Tasmanians were named in a Cricket Australia XI to take on England in a two-day match in Perth on December 9, 10.
Emerging Tigers seamer Gabe Bell and batsman Jake Doran — who broke through for his maiden first-class ss century against South Australia last week — will be joined by Tasmanian squad members Nick Buchanan and Mac Wright for the clash at Richardson Park.
Victorian duo Travis Dean and Sam Harper are other members of the 12-man squad to have played in the Sheffield Shield this season.
“We wanted to field as strong a side as possible, and it’s pleasing to have a number of players involved with first-class and domestic one-
day experience experience,” said Cricket Australia natio national talent manager and national selector Greg Chappell.
“Gabe Bell is a young player who has performed well in the Sheffield Shield this season, and this is a great opportunity for him, while there is plenty of variety on the spin-bowling front with Clint Hinchliffe, Mac Wright and Michael Cormack.”
The third Ashes Test will start on December 14 at the WACA.