Blackcaps v Netherlands: Tom Latham Century sets up New Zealand One-Day Series win
Among the Blackcaps’ top five, only Henry Nicholls (19) has doubled the numbers – apart from Latham
Arrived at the crease at 30/3, Latham could only watch the wickets fall, before being joined by Colin de Grandhomme (16).
The pair stopped the rot with a 57-run partnership, 37 of which came from Latham, but de Grandhomme left as Pieter Seelaar’s first wicket with Doug Bracewell entering at No.8.
Starting at 89/6, Latham and Bracewell rebuilt the New Zealand innings with a partnership of 90 runs from just 99 balls.
Latham topped 50, while Bracewell left before he could do the same, for 41 against Otago all-rounder Michael Rippon.
Undeterred by the loss to Bracewell, Latham continued to convert his 17th ODI fifty into his sixth century, needing just 39 balls to score his second 50 runs, as he reached his 101 from 101 balls, with nine fours and one six.
Short on partners, Latham showed his power by hitting four more sixes, including two in the final to take the score on 260 runs.
A last-ball limit took Latham to their highest international single-day tally and took the Blackcaps to an impressive 264/9 from an abrasive Seddon Park wicket, but the Dutch openers were only able to add four points, before Doug Bracewell (1/24) had Stephan Myburgh caught and thrown in the first round.
Kyle Jamieson (2/22) needed just one ball to take his first wicket, with a juggling number from Martin Guptill behind the wicket sending Max O’Dowd on his way for a first-ball duck at 4 /2, after just seven balls from the hunt in the Netherlands.
A third-wicket stand of 77 kept the Netherlands on course as Vikramjit Singh played his shots for 31.