Samuels shines but New Zealand hold edge
Marlon Samuels continued his superb year for West Indies with his first Test century on home soil but New Zealand held the upper hand at the end of day two in the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica.
Samuels hit a brilliant 123 but received precious little support as the West Indies were bowled out for 209 to concede a first-innings deficit of 51.
New Zealand then extended that advantage to 110 by the close after reaching 59 for two at the start of their second innings.
It would have been better for the tourists but, after putting on a stand of 55, opening pair Martin Guptill and BJ Watling both fell lbw to Narsingh Deonarine for 42 and 11 respectively just before stumps as West Indies ended a largely disappointing day on a positive note.
Samuels has 537 runs at an average of 89.50 in eight innings this year, against England and the Black Caps, with his two centuries doubling his career tally.
He fought a lone vigil today, though, as the rest of the top order failed.
Kieran Powell failed to add to his overnight 10 and Trent Boult had his second victim of the morning when Assad Fudadin played across one that kept low and was given out lbw after a referral.
As Samuels advanced into the twenties at almost a run a ball, Chris Gayle's oddly strokeless vigil continued for much of the morning.
The opener was dropped by Ross Taylor off Tim Southee but there was no repeat of the first Test, when he punished a dropped chance by making 150, as a Neil Wagner lifter looped off the shoulder of his bat to Watling at point.
It ended his uncharacteristic 106-minute innings in which the former captain only scored eight runs, hitting no boundaries.
Partner Samuels' rapid start included four boundaries and he hit another off Southee to move to 28 before he too went into his shell, reaching lunch 30 not out from 63 deliveries.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell for nine shortly after the resumption and Boult had Deonarine caught behind for a duck, but Samuels crashed the same bowler to the long-off boundary to reach a 93-ball half-century.
He put on 30 with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who made 15 before Wagner's extra bounce again did the trick as he edged to Kane Williamson at gully.
Captain Darren Sammy hammered a typically carefree 32 from 29 balls with six boundaries in a stand of 49 with Samuels, who then moved to 98 in the company of Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach.
The fun really began after the latter’s dismissal for a 10-ball duck as Samuels hit Southee for a flat six over extra cover to reach three figures and he celebrated by also launching the next two balls and the first of the next over, from Doug Bracewell, over the ropes.
He was dismissed seeking another maximum, Wagner with an excellent boundary catch to end Samuels’ innings of 123 from 169 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes.
Bracewell finished with 3-46, having also dismissed Narine and Roach, while Boult took 3-58.