Samuels, Sammy parry England charge
Marlon Samuels' century and Darren Sammy's unbeaten half-century helped West Indies claw back into the second Test match against England here on Friday.cricket Updated: May 26, 2012 00:44 IST
Marlon Samuels' century and Darren Sammy's unbeaten half-century helped West Indies claw back into the second Test match against England here on Friday.
Samuels and Sammy came together with Windies precariously placed at 136/6 on the first day. The two added an unbeaten 167 runs for the seventh wicket to help their team move to 304 for 6 at the close of first day's play.
Earlier, England piled the pressure on West Indies' fragile batsman who squandered ideal batting conditions.
Pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad both took two wickets before lunch to put England in the box seat and Graeme Swann dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had briefly threatened to hold up England's attack with a typically dogged display.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy's decision to bat after winning the toss seemed logical as blazing sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the players at Trent Bridge but his side failed to cash in.
Stuart Broad, who claimed 11 victims as England won the first Test at Lord's by five wickets, struck in his second over.
Opener Adrian Barath had yet to score when he was tempted into a prod outside off stump and the ball flew off the edge to Anderson for a one-handed catch at third slip.
Anderson then took the centrestage, removing Kirk Edwards for seven with a delivery that jagged back off a length to rock back the batsman's off stump.
Bowling a good line and length on a slowish pitch offering a little swing and seam movement, Anderson was a constant menace to the West Indies batsmen who never looked at ease.
Switching to round the wicket in the 15th over, he angled in a delivery to Darren Bravo (3) which produced a lazy, loose drive from the batsman and the ball flew to Swann at second slip to leave West Indies on 46/3.
West Indies 304/6 (M Samuels 107*, D Sammy 88*, J Anderson 2/58, Broad 2/59)