Williamson’s double ton places NZ on prime towards West Indies

Hamilton, December 4

The second day of the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies belonged to Kane Williamson.

The New Zealand captain, whose actions and decisions shaped the day, scored 251, his third double century and highest score in Tests, before making an assertive declaration at 519/7 early in the final session.

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Williamson’s innings came to an end 14 runs before his declaration but he courteously waited for Kyle Jamieson to complete his maiden half-century before calling his batsmen in, with around 26 overs left in the day.

At stumps, West Indies, depleted by minor injuries to batsman Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, were 49/0. Bravo has a sprained ankle and Dowrich an injured hand.

Openers Kraigg Braithwaite (20) and John Campbell (22) batted doggedly through the late afternoon.

Most of the day was a process of ticking off milestones for Williamson who steadily built his innings and played New Zealand into a more dominant position than it could have hoped when it lost the toss Thursday and was sent in.

“After the day’s play yesterday and looking at the surface, we were pretty happy finishing with only a couple of wickets down because both teams were pretty keen to bowl first,” Williamson said.

“There was a bit of movement there and a bit of fortune goes your way. We were able to build those partnerships throughout the innings to get a really competitive first-innings total. But there’s a bit of work to do. The Hamilton wicket tends to keep flattening out so there’s a big job for the bowlers to do,” he added. — AP

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