Grand ton hit against West Indies

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

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.

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