Taylor Century Drives New Zealand

Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor
Kane Williamson (left) and Ross Taylor put on 88 together to help New Zealand recover from a poor start
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New Zealand 307-6 (Taylor 129, Williamson 45) v
West Indies
Second Test, Wellington, day one

Ross Taylor scored 129, his second century in as many games, as New Zealand closed day one of the second Test against the West Indies in Wellington on 307 for six.

Fresh from scoring his maiden double-century in the drawn opening match, Taylor faced 227 balls to help New Zealand recover from a poor start.

On his return to the side having recovered from a fractured thumb, Kane Williamson made 45 and put on 88 with Taylor for the third wicket.

Contributions from Brendon McCullum (37) and Corey Anderson (38) helped set New Zealand a solid platform after the West Indies won the toss and chose to field.

They were celebrating a wicket with the first ball of the game but Tino Best's jubilation was cut short when Peter Fulton reviewed the leg before decision knowing he had got an edge on the ball first.

Nevertheless, he didn't last much longer before he edged Darren Sammy to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin for six and Best finally had reason to cheer when Hamish Rutherford's awkward cut shot also found its way into Ramdin's gloves.

He had made just 11, New Zealand were 24 for two and the opening salvos had been won by the tourists.

However, Williamson showed exactly why he was brought straight back into the team with a fluent knock of 45 in 83 balls while Taylor carried on from where he left off in Dunedin, hitting 15 fours in all on the way to his 10th Test century and a third international century in four matches.

Their partnership was broken after lunch when Best induced Williamson to edge to Sammy at second slip and the West Indian spinners Narsingh Deonarine and Shane Shillingford then removed McCullum, caught by Kirk Edwards and Anderson, caught by Kieron Powell.

Taylor finally fell in the 88th over to take a little of the shine off of New Zealand's day when he sliced Shannon Gabriel to a diving Shillingford to backward point.

BJ Watling (8) and Tim Southee (9) were unbeaten at stumps while Best finished the day with two for 66.

West Indies were unchanged from Dunedin while New Zealand left out Aaron Redmond to accommodate Williamson's return.

© Cricket World 2013

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