Cricket: Chanderpaul ton lifts West Indies

HAMILTON, New Zealand - An unbeaten ton by Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried the West Indies to 367 in their first innings against New Zealand in the third Test on Friday as they look to level the series.

Veteran Chanderpaul was 122 not out, his 29th Test century, when the innings ended just on lunch with the dismissal of Tino Best for 25. The pair put on 35 for the last wicket.

The 39-year-old Chanderpaul, who rescued the West Indies with a 200-run stand with Denesh Ramdin (107) when the side were in trouble at 86-5, notched up two notable milestones in his innings.

He overtook Australian Allan Border as the sixth most prolific run scorer in Test history, and replaced India's Sachin Tendulkar as the batsman with the most unbeaten centuries - 17.

Meanwhile, New Zealand quick Tim Southee was closing in on the milestone of a century of dismissals as he moved to 98 from 29 Tests with the wickets of Darren Sammy (three) and Veerasammy Permaul (20).

The West Indies resumed the second day at 289-6 and lasted five overs before Southee struck with a ball that moved away from Sammy who could not resist having a dab and gave wicketkeeper BJ Watling a faint edge.

He removed Permaul in a three-ball battle in which the first two went for six and four, and the third, a full-length delivery, was edged to Peter Fulton at second slip.

Trent Boult, fresh from a 10-wicket haul in New Zealand's second Test victory in Wellington, sent down 24 overs in Hamilton before getting his sole reward when he bowled Sunil Narine for two.

Fulton, who produced safe hands to remove Permaul, was guilty three overs later of spilling a straight-forward chance from Tino Best off Corey Anderson who was then on four. Best added a further 21.

Southee returned the best figures for New Zealand with four for 79 while Anderson took three for 47.