Phillips, Seifert put West Indies 'A' bowlers to the sword

Phillips, Seifert put West Indies 'A' bowlers to the sword

Three overs later, once Kyle Jamieson reached his half-century, Williamson declared.

Nicholas Pooran picked up his first wicket at First Class level, when he had Chapman caught by Romario Shepherd, but Joe Carter (eight) and Cole McConchie (seven) were at the wicket when stumps were drawn, at the midway point of the four-day contest.

"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.

Openers Kraigg Braithwaite (20) and John Campbell (22) batted doggedly through the late afternoon to ensure the tourists went to stumps without losing a wicket. "The Hamilton wicket tends to keep flattening out so there's a big job for the bowlers to do".

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has cemented his status as one of the finest Test batsmen in the world, defying a green pitch to put his side in control against the West Indies. West Indies Test captain Jason Holder also came out of quarantine, scoring 24 and picking up 1 for 45. If New Zealand clean sweep West Indies, then the Kiwis will topple England in the third spot. I think it's a format that we haven't done well for in a long time and we're trying to get ourselves back into the higher ends of the table where Test cricket is concerned and because of that initially, we want to do that in the Test Championship but at the same time, we want to be winners in Test cricket itself.

"But there's so much cricket left and that's where our focus is at the moment".

He resumed Friday at 97 not out and reached his 22nd century from 224 balls. Williamson began to walk from the ground but the television umpire intervened and called no-ball, indicating Roach had over-stepped and allowing Williamson a dramatic reprieve. Having posted his double century from 369 balls in 554 minutes in a feat of concentration, technique and application, he went on the offensive and hit two fours and a six from consecutive balls from Kemar Roach. However, on the very next ball, Williamson miscued the pull shot and was caught at deep midwicket to be out for 251.

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