Williamson scores brilliant 17th Test century for Black Caps, NZ dominate on day three against Proteas

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The Black Caps are well in control after day three of the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton, thanks to skipper Kane Williamson who reached the milestone of 5000 Test runs and scored a century at Seddon Park today.

NZ 321/4, 104 overs, Williamson 148, Santner 13

STUMPS. A good day for the skipper Kane Wiliamson picking up his 17th Test century for NZ and also bringing up 5000 Test runs for the Black Caps.

Mitchell Santner did well when he came on weathering the storm after Jeet Raval, Neil Broom and Henry Nicholls were dismissed.

The Black Caps are in control leading by seven runs after day three of the third Test with six wickets remaining in the first innings. 

NZ 303/4, 98 overs, Williamson 137, Santner 4

NZ 293/4, 94 overs, Williamson 134, Nicholls 0

WICKET! Rabada strikes again, this time he dismisses Nicholls for a duck. Nicholls gets a bouncer snf he edges it into the gloves of Quinton de Kock.

Kane Williamson's teammates are struggling at the crease against the South Africa's bowling attack. 

NZ 293/3, 93 overs, Williamson 134, Broom 12

OUT! Rabada to Broom, a good ball angling in at off stump. It hits Broom's back leg in front of the stumps. And he is dismissed for a LBW. 

NZ 273/2, 89 overs, Williamson 131, Broom 0

WICKET! Morkel to Raval with the delivery angled in at off middle stump, it creeps back quickly and catches Raval off guard.

Jeet Raval gets a thick inside edge that dips quickly but de Kock makes a superb dive making the catch, Raval is gone for 88. 

NZ 260/1, 85.1 overs, Williamson 123, Raval 83

SIX! Morne Morkel to Williamson and the Kiwi skipper dispatches it with a fantastic pull shot over the square leg boundary.

Williamson is scoring at will with his NZ teammate Raval struggling to get anything going.

NZ 241/1, 79 overs, Williamson 104, Raval 83

CENTURY! Elgar bowls a full toss to Williamson and he hits a lovely four wide of long-on to bring up his 17th Test hundred.

NZ 209/1, 73 overs, Williamson 80, Raval 75

And we are back underway in Hamilton! JP Duminy set to join the attack for South Africa, Raval facing first ball after the tea break.

NZ 209/1, 73 overs, Williamson 80, Raval 75

TEA BREAK. An excellent afternoon session for the Black Caps with no interuptions. South Africa are struggling at the moment and it looks like they are waiting for the new ball to come into play.

Kane Williamson has been great for the home side bringing up his 26th Test half century and reaching the incredible milestone of 5000 Test runs.

NZ seem to be well in control with only one wicket down and look to bat out the remainder of the session on day three. 

NZ 204/1, 71 overs, Williamson 77, Raval 73

NZ 182/1, 64 overs, Williamson 63, Raval 66

SIX! Philander bowls it short at middle stump to Williamson and the NZ skipper smashes it over square leg boundary, a brilliant shot.

Kane Williamson brings up 5000 runs in his Test career, the fastest New Zealander to reach the milestone. 

NZ 167/1, 57 overs, Williamson 50, Raval 64

FIFTY! Kane Williamson notches up another half century his 26th fifty in Test matches.

NZ 138/1, 51 overs, Williamson 30, Raval 56

NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54

And we are back underway at Seddon Park!

NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54

LUNCH. Tom Latham was the only Kiwi to fall in the morning session, falling victim to the brilliant bowling of Morne Morkel.

Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval have steadied the ship for the home side.

Raval has also picked up a handy half centry his fifth in six Tests. 

The next session is set to start at 2.10pm.

NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54

Maharaj bowls a short and wide outside off ball to Williamson. A loud appeal goes up by the South Africans but the umpire keeps his hands down at his sides. 

The visitors contemplate a review for a caught from behind but Faf du Plessis took too long to make up his mind and their time to call for a review has timed out.

Lucky for South Africa replays showed Kane Williamson's bat was nowhere near the ball.

NZ 124/1, Williamson 21, Raval 52

New Zealand are going along nicley here. Williamson has dispatched Keshav Mahara over long on for six and Raval has raised a second straight half century, his fifth in six tests with the wicket really flattening out. The Black Caps have added 57 for Latham's loss so far today.

NZ 99/1, Williamson 7, Raval 41

Raval looks poised and is finding the gaps but the wet and slow outfield is proving to be difficult. Williamson too is middling it early on and elegantly strokes a drive for FOUR. He had perfect timing on it and he looks to pick up where Latham left off. The latest on the weather is not good, rain is expected to set in this afternoon although the sun is out, with Hamilton experiencing humid conditions.

NZ 83/1, Williamson 0, Raval 33

OUT! Quitin de Kock comes up with a stunner! He dives to his left to dismiss Latham who edges it, with a catch that brings the batsman's innings to an end. The Wicket-keeper almost outdoes Latham's own spectacular catch yesterday against Faf Du Plessis. The wicket is also Morne Morkel's 250th who is swinging the ball and looking dangerous.

NZ 83/0, Latham 50*, Raval 32

Latham tucks one away for FOUR which looked to have gotten more pad than bat but none the less that brings up the New Zealand opener's 13th international 50. Next ball Morkel gets him back with a stinging ball that rips back smashing into his body. He won't mind however as he finally plays into some good form after a disappointing series. 

NZ 73/0, Latham 42, Raval 31

Timid start from the Black Caps openers, looking to play themselves in after the good start they've made to the innings. Raval bunts a shot away from Philander for a quick double to get NZ off the mark for the day and then gets a very streaky FOUR with a french cut next ball.

11:55am:

The players are in their whites and heading out onto the pitch. Game on, with the Black Caps 67/0 in their first innings chasing the 314 made by South Africa. Raval is on 25 and Latham on 42, close to a much need 50.

11:20am:

The sun is shining on Seddon Park and there is good news to report with the Umpires confirming the days play will start at midday.

10:45am:

Latest word is play has been slightly pushed back for possibly an hour as Seddon Park staff work to dry some "soft" areas around the pitch after last night's downpour.

10:30am:

Umpires are inspecting the field as the groundsmen have the "hairdryers" out but the pitch has managed to hold its own and looks to be reasonable condition considering.

No word yet when play is set to start although there are optimistic hopes of the first ball being bowled around 11:15am.

However there is bad new, showers are set to dampen hopes of a full days play later this afternoon.

Fingers crossed we should get some action soon.

PRE MATCH

The weather, somewhat surprisingly, looks to be playing ball for at least the start of play in Hamilton this morning.

But a wet outfield means there will be a delay to the start of play today.

Kiwi openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham last night survived the final session to end on 67/0, after New Zealand had bowled South Africa out earlier for 314.

Latham was the star performer yesterday, clutching a spectacular catch to dismiss Proteas Test skipper Faf du Plessis, before a welcome return to form to finish at 42 not out, with Raval unbeaten on 25.

A mostly full day's play today would give the Black Caps an opportunity to bat over 90 overs and take a stranglehold on this Test.

NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54
NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54
NZ 132/1, 47 overs, Williamson 27, Raval 54
NZ 138/1, 51 overs, Williamson 30, Raval 56
NZ 167/1, 57 overs, Williamson 50, Raval 64
NZ 241/1, 79 overs, Williamson 104, Raval 83

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