New Zealand on 159-3 in 2nd test vs West Indies

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New Zealand's opening batsman Tom Latham, right, sweeps a delivery off West Indies Sulieman Benn as captain and wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin, left, looks on during the opening day of the second cricket Test match in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Left-handed opener Tom Latham hit a resolute 82 on Monday as New Zealand rode some luck to reach 159-3 at tea on day one of the second cricket test against the West Indies.

Latham, who scored 83 and 73 in the first test in Jamaica, hit 10 fours off 163 balls in 229 minutes.

He shared a second wicket stand of 104 with Kane Williamson, who contributed 42 at Queen's Park Oval.

Ross Taylor lived a charmed life to be unbeaten on 17 while skipper Brendon McCullum was 4 not out.

The successful West Indies' bowlers were Jerome Taylor (1-15), Shannon Gabriel (1-33) and Kemar Roach (1-45).

Williamson, who had been grassed at first slip by Chris Gayle off Sulieman Benn before lunch, eventually fell midway through the second session. He hit five fours off 104 balls before he top-edged Gabriel's bouncer down to fine leg at 120-2.

Latham, dropped on 58 by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off Benn, seemed set for a maiden test century. But Roach found his edge and Benn had an excellent diving catch at gully.

The hosts should have dented New Zealand further before tea but three catches went down in the final two overs off Taylor, including newcomer Jermaine Blackwood failing to get a hand on a low cut off Benn.