4 Dec 2020

Captain's knock gives Black Caps big lead

7:36 pm on 4 December 2020

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson's third double Test century has put New Zealand in a dominant position after the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Hamilton.

Kane Williamson celebrates his double century.
New Zealand Black Caps v West Indies, Day 2 of the 1st international test at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Friday 4th December 2020.
West Indies tour of New Zealand.
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Kane Williamson raises his bat after scoring 200. Photo: © Photosport Ltd 2020 www.photosport.nz

New Zealand declared at 519-7 during the final session of the day on the back of Williamson's highest Test score.

Williamson spent 10 hours at the crease to compile his 251 before being caught at deep mid wicket off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph after tea.

His previous highest score was 242 scored in 2015 against Sri Lanka in Wellington.

Friday's knock also saw Williamson surpass England's Joe Root's 226 as the highest individual Test score at Seddon Park.

Although Williamson's 22nd Test century made up almost half of New Zealand's first innings total, he did not do it alone.

Lower-order batsman Kyle Jamieson also marked a milestone after the tea break bringing up his first Test 50.

Williamson had started the day's play on 97 and lost overnight partner Ross Taylor (38) in the second over but brought up his century when he punched a Kemar Roach delivery through point in the next over.

He then dominated the middle-order partnerships with Henry Nicholls (seven), Tom Blundell (14) and Daryl Mitchell (nine) and brought up his double century with another characteristic cover drive, again off Roach's bowling.

While he lost Mitchell shortly afterwards, Williamson and Jamieson combined for 94 runs before the captain was out.

Williamson declared shortly after the 2.03m tall Jamieson reached his milestone.

The West Indies survived the opening onslaught from the Black Caps bowlers in the final session of day two.

New Zealand used four bowlers to try to get a breakthrough but openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell put on 49 runs from the 26 overs before stumps.

The West Indies will start day three on Saturday trailing by 470 runs.

Catch up on the day two action here