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Neesham Makes History

Jimmy Neesham scored his second Test century in as many Tests
Jimmy Neesham scored his second Test century in as many Tests
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New Zealand 508-7 dec. (Williamson 113) v
West Indies 19-0
First Test, Jamaica, day two

Jimmy Neesham became the first New Zealander to score centuries in each of his first two Test matches as his side declared their first innings on day two of the opening game against the West Indies in Jamaica.

Neesham emulated Kane Williamson (113) in reaching three figures before he fell late in the day for 107.

And after BJ Watling just missed out on a century himself, dismissed for 89, New Zealand declared on 508 for seven.

The West Indies then closed on 19 without loss in nine overs.

Resuming on 240 for three overnight, New Zealand continued to make slow and steady progress as the West Indies bowled tidily in the morning, spinners Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford getting plenty of bounce from the surface as well as some movement.

Just 19 runs had been added when Williamson, who faced 298 balls in all, was bowled when he left a Benn arm ball which homed in his off stump.

Soon after, Shillingford had Ross Taylor caught by Kirk Edwards at midwicket for 55 and Brendon McCullum (7) followed him back soon after.

He edged Benn to Chris Gayle at slip via the gloves of Denesh Ramdin but from 279 for five, New Zealand counter-attacked through Watling and Neesham.

The pair added 201 runs together for the sixth wicket, Neesham hitting 107 in 171 balls and Watling 89 in 204.

The former hit 12 fours and a six and the latter seven fours and a six as they put New Zealand back on top.

Even after Neesham was dismissed, caught behind by Ramdin off Benn, Tim Southee blasted a quickfire 21 not out in seven balls to further frustrate the West Indies.

After bowling for almost two days, the fall of Watling's wicket, caught in the deep by Kieran Powell off Shilingford, gave the home side respite as McCullum called his side in.

Benn finished with three for 142, Shillingford three for 145 and Jerome Taylor one for 37.

West Indian openers Gayle (8 in 26 balls) and Powell (11 in 28) then saw out the remainder of the day's play as the West Indies began their response.

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