Taylor ton has Black Caps in charge

Blackpool Citizen: Ross Taylor's knock featured 15 fours (AP) Ross Taylor's knock featured 15 fours (AP)

A century from Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 307 for six on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies in Wellington.

Taylor scored 129, backed by Kane Williamson's 45, 38 by Corey Anderson and captain Brendon McCullum's 37 as the home side recovered from a bad start in their bid to take the lead in the best-of-three series following a drawn opening Test in Dunedin.

Taylor formed useful partnerships with Williamson, Anderson and McCullum as New Zealand recovered from losing openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford cheaply after West Indies captain Darren Sammy had asked them to bat on a grassy pitch upon winning the toss.

Fulton was removed by Sammy, caught behind by Denesh Ramdin for six with the total on 14.

A further 10 runs had been added when fellow opener Rutherford was caught by Ramdin off Tino Best after scoring 11.

But from 24 for two the home side made it to lunch without further loss thanks to Taylor and Williamson, the latter brought back into the side in place of Aaron Redmond having recovered from a thumb injury.

Williamson was the third player to lose his wicket when he was caught by Sammy off Best five runs short of a half-century.

In partnership with Taylor he had taken the total to 112 and Williamson's demise led to the hard-hitting McCullum coming to the crease.

McCullum's 37 off 63 balls helped push New Zealand along to 189 before the captain was caught by Kirk Edwards off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine.

Taylor was joined by Anderson who kept the scoreboard ticking over with 38 from 70 deliveries.

The former had looked set to finish the day unbeaten but he was the sixth man out with 14 balls of remaining.

After scoring 129 runs from 227 balls, including 15 fours, he fell to Shannon Gabriel with Shane Shilingford taking the catch.

BJ Watling (eight) and Tim Southee (nine) saw New Zealand to the close without further loss to put the home side in a good position after the opening day's play.

Best claimed two for 66 to be the pick of the West Indies bowlers with the other four wickets being shared by four of his team-mates.

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