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Neesham and Watling hurt West Indies

Sixth-wicket partnership of 201 helps New Zealand declare at 508 for 7 on the second evening

Neesham and Watling hurt West Indies - Cricket News
Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand in action on Day two.
Jimmy Neesham became the first New Zealander to score centuries in his first two Test matches as West Indies found itself in trouble after the second day of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Monday (June 9).
 
Neesham's 107 and his 201-run partnership with BJ Watling (89) for the sixth wicket helped New Zealand declare at 508 for 7.
 
By close, West Indies reached 19 without loss with Chris Gayle, in his 100th Test match on his home ground, left to resume proceedings on the third morning with Kieran Powell.
 
Earlier, despite an encouraging morning session, when it claimed three wickets for 20 runs to reduce New Zealand to 279 for 5 from the overnight 240 for 2, the West Indies bowlers failed to capitalise.
 
Neesham, mixed defiance with aggression, smashing Shane Shillingford, the offspinner, for two sixes in an over and had 11 fours in an innings that spanned three-and-a-half hours before he was caught behind off Sulieman Benn, the left-arm spinner.
 
Neesham's century followed that of Kane Williamson’s on the opening day, and New Zealand might even have had a third centurion in Watling, who fell to a catch at deep mid-wicket off Shillingford.
 
The second session of play contrasted sharply with the first, with 129 runs being scored in 35 overs to fix the balance after New Zealand’s stumbles in the morning. Williamson added just another eight runs to his overnight 105 before misjudging the line of a straighter delivery from Benn to have his off stump knocked back on 113.
 
Ross Taylor, the other overnight batsman, got to 55 before chipping a catch to Kirk Edwards at mid-wicket off Shillingford.
 
In the next over, Benn grazed the edge of Brendon McCullum's bat and Gayle took the catch after it lobbed off the shoulder of Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper.

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