WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):
New Zealand's Ross Taylor made the most of a second chance given to him by the West Indies and scored a century, which guided the hosts to 307-6 at stumps yesterday on the first day of the second Test.
Taylor was dropped before he had scored, with Kirk Edwards putting down the chance at third slip. The tourists paid heavily for that mistake.
Had the chance been taken, New Zealand would have been in trouble at 26-3, but Taylor went on to make 129 and put the hosts on top after being sent in to bat.
Taylor reached his 10th Test century without offering another chance to the fielding side, although he was dropped again when on 124.
Taylor has now amassed 362 runs in his first three innings of this three-Test series while losing his wicket only once, and in the process has gone up to No. 7 in the world's batting rankings, increased his average by more than three runs and passed 4,000 Test runs.
"I got congratulated by Shivnarine Chanderpaul when I got to 100," Taylor said. "I said 'that was lucky' and he said you always need luck in this game and don't take a Test hundred for granted.
"I never get too high or too low, just get in there and play each ball on its merit, and I did that until I got to about 110 and a bit of fatigue set in."
He set about recovering the New Zealand innings, which was in trouble at 24-2, forming partnerships of 88 with Kane Williamson (45) for the third wicket, 77 with Brendon McCullum (37) for the fourth and 68 with Corey Anderson (38) for the fifth.
At stumps, B.J. Watling was seven not out and Tim Southee was eight not out, having clubbed two fours from the last over of the day to push New Zealand beyond 300.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
P. Fulton c wkpr Ramdin bSammy 6H. Rutherford c wkpr Ramdin b Best 11K. Williamson cSammy b Best 45R. Taylor c Shillingford b Gabriel 129B. McCullum c Edwards b Deonarine 37Corey Anderson c Powell b Shillingford 38+B. Watling not out 8T. Southee not out 9Extras (b16, lb6, nb2) 24TOTAL (6 wkts) 307
I. Sodhi, N. Wagner, T. Boult to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Fulton), 2-24 (Rutherford), 3-112 (Williamson), 4-189 (McCullum), 5-257 (Anderson), 6-296 (Taylor)
Bowling: Best 14-1-66-2; Gabriel 18-4-56-1 (nb1);Sammy 19-3-65-1; Shillingford 23-4-59-1 (nb1); Deonarine 16-2-39-1