West Indies vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 2: New Zealand declare on 508 following Neesham’s century

Neesham raises his bat and helmet after scoring his second Test century

Neesham raises his bat and helmet after scoring his second Test century

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New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham scored a magnificent century as the Black Caps went on to make 508 before deciding to put the West Indies out of their misery by declaring.

Neesham was well supported by Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper BJ Watling as they both made half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 240/2, New Zealand’s batting duo of Kane Williamson and Taylor managed to convert their 66-run partnership into an 85-run partnership before Williamson was clean bowled by Sulieman Benn for 113 off 298 balls, which included 12 boundaries.

Taylor ended up making 55 off 127 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Kirk Edwards at midwicket off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Chris Gayle, who is playing in his 100th Test, at slip off the bowling of Benn.

Neesham and Watling stabilised the innings with an outstanding 201-run partnership, during which Neesham brought up his second Test century and Watling his half-century, before Neesham was caught behind off the bowling of Benn.

Neesham’s spectacular knock of 107 came off 171 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Watling went on to score 89 off 204 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Kieran Powell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Shillingford.

Watling made a superb 89

Watling made a superb 89

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Following Watling’s dismissal, McCullum decided to declare on 508/7.

Benn and Shillingford picked up three wickets apiece, while Jerome Taylor chipped in with one.

Trailing by 508, the West Indies got off to a cautious start as Gayle and Powell put together an unbeaten 19-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Gayle finished on eight runs, which came off 26 balls and included one boundary, while Powell remained undefeated on 11 off 28 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

The West Indies ended day two on 19/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.

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