Latham laments lack of century

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Opening batsman Tom Latham rued missing a maiden Test century, as New Zealand climbed to 240 for two on day one of the series opener against the West Indies in Kingston on Sunday.

Opening batsman Tom Latham rued missing a maiden Test century, as New Zealand climbed to 240 for two on day one of the series opener against the West Indies in Kingston on Sunday.

Latham moved to a fine 88, which spanned 206 deliveries and featured 10 fours, before being caught and bowled by spinner Shane Shillingford at Sabina Park.

"That is cricket. You need a little bit of luck. It would have been nice to push on and get a ton. Obviously, it is disappointing for me. I gave myself a pretty good chance of reaching that milestone," said Latham.

"But there is going to be more opportunities hopefully. If I can keep moving in the right direction like I did here, hopefully that century isn't too far away."

The left-handed Latham was particularly fruitful against Shillingford and fellow slow bowlers Sulieman Benn and Malon Samuels during a patient 165-run alliance alongside centurion Kane Williamson.

"I think we played the spinners really well. They bowled in pretty good areas. We didn't really get away from them run-rate wise, but the partnership that Kane and I had was crucial in seeing the day out," he added.

"It's just that Kane and I managed to deny them for most of the day. That was one of our plans. As long as we could keep denying their spinners and not let them get on top, we knew things were hopefully going to go well for us, and they did."

Williamson will resume on 105 not out and former captain Ross Taylor 34 not out come Monday, when a host attack sporting the recall of fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor will target early success.

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