New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test: Kane Williamson 251 puts NZ in command on Day 2

New Zealand rode on captain Kane Williamson’s career-best 251 to take command of the first Test against West Indies on Day 2 of the first Test in Hamilton’s Seddon Park.

Kane Williamson scored his third double hundred in Test cricket (AFP Photo)


  • West Indies 49/0 at stumps, trail New Zealand (519/7d) by 470 runs
  • Kane Williamson top-scored for the Blackcaps with 251 off 412 balls with 34 boundaries
  • Williamson’s score is the highest in his Test career and at the Seddon Park in Hamilton

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s classy double hundred put the hosts in a commanding position against the West Indies on day 2 of the first Test in Hamilton.

Williamson scored a career-best 251 to help his team reach 519 for 7 declared in their first innings before the Windies saw off the final session to reach 49 for no loss at stumps, still 470 runs behind the hosts.

WI openers Kraigg Braithwaite (20) and John Campbell (22) batted doggedly through the late afternoon to ensure the tourists went to stumps with all 10 wickets intact.

New Zealand had resumed the innings at 243 for 2 with Williamson and Ross Taylor on 97 and 31, respectively. The duo added 83 for the third wicket before Taylor departed for 38.

New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2: As it happened

Williamson was then part of 3 big partnerships – 72 runs for the 5th wicket with Tom Blundell (14), 56 runs for the 6th wicket with Daryl Mitchell (9) and 94 runs for the 7th wicket with Kyle Jamieson (51) – to help NZ go past the 500-run mark.

Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel bagged 3 wickets each for the Windies while Alzarri Joseph got the prized scalp of the NZ skipper.

Williamson’s third double hundred also saw him go past his previous best score of 242 not out which he hit against Sri Lanka at the same venue in 2015.

“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. 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,” Williamson said.

When he was out for 251, caught on the boundary after having passed 250 for the first time with a six, New Zealand was 503-7 and Williamson had half that total.

“For me it was important to try and make good decisions for a long period of time and I think that gives you the best chance. But there’s so much cricket left and that’s where our focus is at the moment,” Williamson said.

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