Kiwis dominate Test with another ton

Jimmy Neesham scores 107 as New Zealand declare on 507 against the West Indies on day two in Jamaica.

    Neesham and Watling guide their side through to lunch and accelerated later to put New Zealand in the box seat [AP]
    Neesham and Watling guide their side through to lunch and accelerated later to put New Zealand in the box seat [AP]

    Jimmy Neesham became the first New Zealander to score centuries in each of his first two Tests as the tourists ended the second day of the first Test against West Indies with a huge first innings lead.

    Neesham scored 137 not out on debut against India in February and was dismissed for 107 against the Windies after sharing a 201-run partnership with wicketkeeper BJ Watling (89) to take the visitors to 508 for seven declared at Sabina Park in Kingston.

    Second day scorecard

    New Zealand first innings 508/d   
    West Indies first innings
    C Gayle not out 8
    K Powell not out 11
    Total: (0 wickets; 11.5 overs) 19

    Neesham and Watling resurrected New Zealand's innings when the Kiwis lost three wickets for 20 runs in the first session after they had resumed on 240 for two.

    First day centurion Kane Williamson failed to pick a Sulieman Benn arm ball and was bowled without playing a shot for 113 to leave the visitors on 259 for three before Ross Taylor (55) was deceived by a Shane Shillingford flighted delivery and spooned an easy catch to Kirk Edwards at midwicket.

    Mid-innings wobble

    Captain Brendon McCullum then fell for seven when he was caught by Gayle at first slip to leave the hosts on 279 for five and in danger of undoing their good work on a slow and low pitch.

    Neesham and Watling guided their side through to lunch and accelerated in the middle session, scoring 129 runs in 28 overs to put New Zealand in the box seat.

    The 23-year-old Neesham brought up his hundred with a cover drive for two runs off Jerome Taylor before he was Benn's third wicket when he got a faint edge to a delivery that was taken by Denesh Ramdin.

    Watling was the last wicket to fall, hitting out in an effort to reach his fourth Test century when he was caught in the deep off Shillingford to trigger the declaration.

    West Indies openers Chris Gayle (eight) and Kieran Powell (11) safely guided the hosts to 19 without loss at stumps, still 489 runs in arrears, though Powell should have been dismissed on eight when he was dropped by Peter Fulton at second slip off Tim Southee.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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