Home > Innings report >

Tom Latham, Kane Williamson’s mammoth partnership for New Zealand blunts West Indies at tea on Day One, 1st Test

Tom Latham-300
Tom Latham was rock solid at the crease and is well poised for a century © Getty Images

Jun 8, 2014

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson‘s patience reaped rich dividends for  New Zealand as a mammoth partnership of 155 made the West Indies   bowlers toil in the sweltering heat of Jamaica on Day One of the first Test. The Kiwis were comfortably placed at 164 for one at Tea with Peter Fulton being the only casualty for the visitors when comeback man Jerome Taylor struck in the early exchanges of the day’s play.

On slow and low wicket, the visitors lost the early wicket of Fulton and   the nagging line of the West Indian pacers had left Latham and Williamson on the backfoot. The batsmen put a stubborn resistance despite labouring for runs in the early part of the first session. After crawling along till lunch, the batsmen looked more at ease after lunch and a positive intent was evident in the duo’s approach at the crease.

They ran singles whenever they could and bided their time for the bad deliveries, which did arrive at a certain phase. With spin being West Indies’s trump card, Shane Shillingford and the towering Suliemann Benn were blunted at will which possibly signifies a will to climb up the rankings after Bangladesh had humiliated them twice in One-Day Internationals (ODI) in recent times.

With Latham dropping anchor and frustrating the bowlers at one end, Williamson went on the attack with some crisp stroke-making that saw him get to his maiden hundred against India earlier in the year. Shortly after lunch, a flurry of landmarks were reached. First, it was Williamson getting to 2000 Test runs. He beat former captain Martin Crowe to become the youngest batsman from his country to do so. Latham brought up his half-century and soon enough, Williamson got a chance to raise his bat too.

After being banished for bowling with an alleged suspect action, Shillingford was unable to make an impact and the New Zealand duo were on top of him straight away. The frustration was evident on the bowlers.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 164 for 1 (Tom Latham 75*, Kane Williamson 79*; Jerome Taylor 1 for 13) vs West Indies

Catch Live Scorecard of the West Indies vs New Zealand 1st Test here

Catch Live score and ball-by-ball commentary of the match here

Catch all the latest from New Zealand’s 2014 tour of West Indies here

(R Vishal is a journalist and alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 4: KL Rahul brings up sixth FC century with six; South Zone 148/1

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Abu Dhabi: Australia bowled out for 261

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: KL Rahul century guides South Zone to 184/1 at stumps

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Run feast expected in first ODI in Cuttack

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: KL Rahul completes century

Australia reeling at 239/8 at tea on Day 3 of 2nd Test against Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Rameez Raja says he never expected Pakistan batsmen to dominate Australian bowlers

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Virat Kohli’s captaincy opportunities important in context of India’s succession plans

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Happy New Year 1st week box office: Shah Rukh Khan’s film collects Rs 157.57 crore at domestic box office

Beauty Tip #43 — Get fuller-looking lips with home-made sugar scrub

Google extends “Ok, Google” hotword to third-party apps with six lines of code

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Preparations for upcoming World Cup resume as Ind-SL face-off

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Ayurvedic treatment: 7 types of Ayurvedic massages you should know about

Snapdeal faulty delivery: Man orders Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Duos, receives bar of soap instead!

Gmail for Android updated with Material Design UI and support for other email services

After Bollywood, even Hollywood praises Abhishek Bachchan’s Happy New Year performance!

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: South Zone 62/0 at Tea; need another 239 runs to win

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here