West Indies vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1: Williamson’s century gives New Zealand upper hand

Williamson scored his first Test century against the West Indies

Williamson scored his first Test century against the West Indies

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson scored a sparkling unbeaten century to give his side the upper hand against the West Indies on the first day of the first Test in Jamaica.

Williamson was brilliantly supported by opening batsman Tom Latham, who struck a magnificent 83.

Prior to the start of the match, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum gave West Indies opener Chris Gayle a special memento in honour of his 100th Test match.

Gayle became only the ninth West Indian to play 100 Test matches

Gayle became only the ninth West Indian to play 100 Test matches

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While McCullum was all smiles when presenting Gayle with the memento, he would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Peter Fulton was caught behind off the bowling of Jerome Taylor, who was playing in his first Test match since November 2009.

Latham and Williamson made up for the early loss of Fulton with a spectacular 165-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Latham was caught and bowled by Shane Shillingford.

Latham’s knock of 83 came off 206 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Latham celebrates after scoring his maiden Test half-century

Latham celebrates after scoring his maiden Test half-century

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Latham was given a reprieve on 14 when he survived an lbw appeal and review. The decision was initially given not out and the replays confirmed that he got a big inside edge and that the ball was also hitting him outside the line of off-stump.

Latham managed to withstand another review when he was on 28 runs. Latham was given out after the on-field umpire thought that he had edged the ball to short leg. However, Latham reviewed the decision and the replays suggested that the ball had not hit his bat. As a result, the third umpire overturned the original decision.

Third time was not the charm for the West Indies as Latham seemed to have perished on 39 after hitting a delivery from Taylor straight to Marlon Samuels at point. However, the West Indies’ celebration was cut short after Taylor’s entire front foot was found to be over the crease, which meant that the delivery was a no-ball.

Following Latham’s dismissal, Williamson and Ross Taylor continued to frustrate the West Indies as they amassed an unbeaten 66-run partnership, during which Williamson registered his sixth Test century, before the umpires brought play to an end for the day.

Williamson finished on 105 off 263 balls, which included 11 boundaries, while Taylor remained undefeated on 34 off 66 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

During his outstanding knock, Williamson also surpassed 2,000 Test runs.

Taylor and Shillingford picked up one wicket apiece.

New Zealand ended the day on 240/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.

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