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10-Jun-2014 02:56:00 GMT
West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston

Neesham, Watling take New Zealand to 508

Kingston: All-rounder Jimmy Neesham struck his second consecutive Test century on Monday and wicketkeeper BJ Watling added 89 as New Zealand amassed 508 for 7 declared on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies.

In reply, the West Indies safely negotiated nine overs to reach 19 for 0 at stumps at Sabina Park. Home favorite Chris Gayle, celebrating his 100th test, was unbeaten on eight while Kieran Powell was 11 not out.

Earlier, Neesham lashed 11 fours and two sixes in his knock of 107 runs, becoming only the eighth man to reach three figures in each of his first two Tests. The 23-year-old Neesham scored a century on his debut against India at Wellington in February.

The Otago left-hander got able assistance from Watling, who hit seven fours and one six before he was dismissed in the final session seeking quick runs. Neesham and Watling's sixth wicket stand of 201 boosted New Zealand after they wobbled slightly after resuming on 240 for 2.

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (3 for 142) knocked back first-day centurion Kane Williamson's off stump as the batsman played no stroke. Williamson's 113 included 12 fours and spanned more than six hours.

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford (3 for 145) soon added the scalp of Ross Taylor for 55. The former skipper chipped an on-drive to Kirk Edwards at midwicket. New Zealand quickly dipped to 279 for 5 when Benn got one to turn and bounce. Captain Brendon McCullum edged to Chris Gayle at slip via the shoulder of wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

But Neesham and Watling dominated the rest of the day to blunt the West Indies attack. Neesham eventually fell to a catch behind off Benn but Tim Southee blasted 21 not out off seven balls to keep the momentum with the Kiwis.

Watling, who survived one difficult chance when West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin floored a thick edge off Gayle's off-spin when he was 48, fell 11 runs short of a fourth Test ton when he holed out to deep midwicket.

The West Indies' reply also enjoyed a slice of luck as Powell edged Tim Southee to second slip but Peter Fulton grassed the knee-high catch.

Brief scores:
New Zealand -
508 for 7 dec (Williamson 113, Neesham 107, Watling 89, Latham 83, Taylor 55, Benn 3-142, Shillingford 3-145)
West Indies - 19 for 0
Status - West Indied trial by 489 runs

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