Wednesday 4 December 2013 

Taylor Double-Century Boosts New Zealand

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor hit his maiden Test double-century on day two in Dunedin, ending unbeaten on 217
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New Zealand 609-9 dec. (Taylor 217no) v
West Indies 67-2
First Test, Dunedin, day two
Scorecard | Day One

Ross Taylor scored his maiden Test double-century as New Zealand dominated the second day of the opening Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

The former captain reached 217 not out and New Zealand declared on 609 for nine before reducing the West Indies to 67 for two at stumps.

Taylor faced 319 balls in all, notching a new career-best after he and Brendon McCullum (113) had set a new fourth-wicket record for New Zealand against the West Indies.

McCullum fell soon after, however, when he was bowled by Darren Sammy. Tino Best (3-148) struck twice to remove Corey Anderson for a duck, superbly caught by Denesh Ramdin, and BJ Watling, caught at slip by Kirk Edwards, for 41 before Narsingh Deonarine dismissed Tim Southee (2) and Ish Sodhi (35).

Southee edged the left-arm spinner to Darren Bravo at slip and Sodhi was caught and bowled from a leading edge as he tried to work the ball to leg.

Nevertheless, Taylor and Sodhi added 76 together for the eighth wicket and Neil Wagner's 37 saw 61 runs put on for the ninth.

When Wagner was run out by Bravo and Best, New Zealand declared to give themselves the best part of a session to bowl at the tourists.

They started strongly when Kirk Edwards edged Trent Boult to Peter Fulton at slip for a seven-ball duck and Kieron Powell nicked Tim Southee to wicket-keeper BJ Watling for seven.

However, Bravo then made an unbeaten 37 in 64 balls and Marlon Samuels 14 not out in 44 to give the West Indies hope by batting through the final period of play.

© Cricket World 2013

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Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets