Tim McIntosh scored his maiden test century to lift New Zealand
to 266 for four at lunch on the third day of the second test
against West Indies in Napier on Sunday.
The left-handed opener, dropped on 10 in a fielding mix-up between bowler Fidel Edwards and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, made the visitors pay with a high-class innings, finishing the session on 111 not out.
New Zealand were just 41 runs behind the West Indies' first innings total of 307 and McIntosh was joined at the wicket by hard-hitting Brendon McCullum (12 not out).
The West Indies began the third morning in the best possible way when Edwards had Ross Taylor caught behind for four with the second ball of the day.
That brought the aggressive Jesse Ryder to the crease and he immediately set about reducing the deficit with his customary blazing stroke play, racing to 50 from just 61 deliveries with seven fours.
McIntosh grew increasingly confident and brought up his first test century with a glorious square drive for four.
The pair shared a rapid fire 100-run partnership without looking in any trouble until on 57 Ryder slashed at a ball outside off stump and got a faint edge to Ramdin off Edwards.
Fast bowler Edwards has been by far the pick of the bowlers, claiming all four New Zealand wickets to fall and completing figures of four for 56 from 21 overs.