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New Zealand Make Slow, Steady Progress

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson reached his sixth Test century in the closing stages of the opening day
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New Zealand 240-2 (Williamson 105no) v
West Indies
First Test, Jamaica, day one

The runs did not come quickly for New Zealand on day one of the opening Test against the West Indies in Jamaica, but they made good use of winning the toss to close on 240 for two.

A half-century from Tom Latham and an unbeaten hundred from Kane Williamson frustrated the West Indies, whose attack got little out of a slow and unresponsive pitch at Sabina Park all day.

Opening the innings, Latham made 83 in 206 balls while Williamson became the youngest New Zealander to hit 2,000 Test runs on his way to 105 not out in 263 deliveries with 11 fours.

Presentations were made to Chris Gayle before the match began as he became the ninth West Indian to play 100 Tests and the home side recalled bowlers Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn for Denesh Ramdin's first game as captain.

Taylor struck within the first hour when he had Peter Fulton (1) caught behind by Ramdin but New Zealand hit back with a 165-run partnership between Latham and Williamson for the second wicket.

Darren Bravo was unexpectedly handed the ball early on to allow Taylor and Roach to switch ends before spinners Shillingford and Benn tried their luck but got no reward either.

Latham hit 10 fours and he finally fell in the final session when he got a leading edge and was caught and bowled by Shillingford.

Williamson then combined with Ross Taylor (34 not out) to add an unbroken 62-run partnership for the third wicket and he hit Benn for two boundaries in the 91st and penultimate over of the day to reach his sixth Test century.

That 91st over of the day went for 13 runs with Taylor also hitting a boundary as New Zealand at least finished the day with a flourish.

As Benn, Shillingford and Marlon Samuels got through 57 overs between them, 92 overs in all were bowled.

Shillingford finished the day with figures of one for 62, Taylor one for 22 while Roach (0-56), Bravo (0-2), Benn (0-75) and Marlon Samuels (0-13) went wicketless.

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