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Neesham enjoying Test life

Jimmy Neesham and BJ Watling ensured New Zealand piled up an imposing first-innings total in the first Test against West Indies at Kingston.

The duo came combined in a 201-run stand for the sixth wicket after the Black caps had threatened to misuse the foundation laid by Kane Williamson’s century.

Williamson was one of three wickets to fall during the morning session on the second day, to leave New Zealand 279 for five on a benign surface.

But Neesham's second hundred in his two Tests to date and an impressive 89 from Watling helped them get to a total of 508 for seven declared.

Neesham is the eighth man to get a ton in his first two outings, continuing the form he showed with the red ball against India on debut in February.

Williamson, who started the season at Yorkshire, added only eight to his overnight 105 before he misjudged a Sulieman Benn slider that carried on into his off stump.

Ross Taylor was the next man to go, for 55, when he miscued a tossed up Shane Shillingford delivery to Kirk Edwards at midwicket.

After only managing two wickets on the opening day, West Indies had three before their lunch as Brendon McCullum went for seven.

Benn ripped one in to him which took the shoulder of his bat and found the hands of Chris Gayle, via the chest of Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps.

That was about as good as it got for the Windies, though, as Neesham and Watling impressively pushed on, especially in a middle session that brought 129 runs.

Neesham's hundred came off 159 balls and he was the first of the two to go, with the decision review system required to confirm a healthy edge behind off Benn for a 171-ball 107.

New Zealand's desire to declare seemed dependent on Watling getting to three figures, but he was largely inactive while Tim Southee clubbed a quickfire 21.

And, when Watling holed out to Shillingford, the tourists were called in.

They were nearly boosted further at the start of the Windies' response, but Peter Fulton shelled dropped Kieran Powell at second slip off Southee.

West Indies edged to 19 without loss at the close.

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