DE GRANDHOMME SLAMS TON
New Zealand rode on all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme›s maiden Test ton to thrust New Zealand to 447/9 on the second day of their opening Test against the West Indies at Basin Reserve here on Saturday. De Grandhomme›s quickfire 71-ball 105 along with half centuries from Ross Taylor (93), Henry Nicholls (67) and Tom Bundell (57 not out) gave the hosts a mammoth 313-run first innings lead in response to the tourists› 134. De Grandhomme struck 11 fours and three sixes to bring up the second fastest Test ton by a Kiwi batsman. Debutant Blundell played the perfect supporting act in a 148-run seventh-wicket partnership with de Grandhomme to put the hosts in the driver›s seat. Earlier in the day, veteran Taylor and Nicholls shared a 127-run diligent stand that left the West Indies with insufficient resources to counter the lower order.