Samuels and Sammy halt England charge
A resilient partnership between Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy dug West Indies out of a hole on the opening day of the second Investec Test.
Sammy, who had chosen to bat first under a cloudless sky at Trent Bridge, joined Samuels at the crease with his side stumbling on 136 for six.
The seventh-wicket pair defied a previously frugal attack by adding an unbroken 168 in 41.3 overs to keep alive the tourists’ hopes in the three-game series. Shortly before stumps Samuels reached his third Test ton.
England were unchanged from the five-wicket win at Lord’s while the Windies made two alterations with the fit-again Ravi Rampaul and Shane Shillingford coming in for Fidel Edwards and Shannon Gabriel, who had to fly home due to a back injury.
The first half of the day unquestionably belonged to England; James Anderson and Stuart Broad struck twice, the former shining as bright as the brilliant sun in the morning session.
Anderson took a stunning left-handed slip catch to remove Adrian Barath and a regulation one to snare Kieran Powell for 33 either side of bowling Kirk Edwards and having Darren Bravo held at slip.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Samuels steadied the ship with a 62-run stand, but one that stagnated as eight of the first 15 overs after lunch were maidens.
England’s pressure bore fruit when Graeme Swann trapped Chanderpaul in front for 46 and Tim Bresnan cheaply bowled Denesh Ramdin.
Samuels rode his luck early in his innings but grew in composure and found another ally in Sammy; the Windies’ 70 runs in the hour after tea was as many as they managed in the afternoon session.
Samuels and Sammy frustrated the hosts further to bat throughout the evening session, the last 10 overs against a new ball, and close on 107 and 88 respectively in a total of 304 for six.
6:14pm - STUMPS - WI 304/6; Samuels 107, Sammy 88 - Sammy and Samuels survive the last over from Bresnan to end the first day with an unbroken stand of 168 and justification of the captain’s decision to bat first.
6:09pm - CENTURY - SAMUELS (219b 14x4 0x6) - The right-hander flicks Anderson to fine-leg where he beats the fielder to pick up four and reach his third Test ton. He steers the next ball to the third-man boundary for four.
6:02pm - Sammy times a drive down the ground to perfection off Anderson to herald the 150-run alliance. Only three overs left now. Samuels moves to 98 by cover-driving Bresnan for four in the next over.
5:53pm - Despite closing in on hundreds, both batsmen are showing more interest in self-preservation than reaching three figures today.
5:42pm - Sammy enjoys two moments of fortune in an over when he edges Anderson for fours at a vacant third-man.
5:32pm - NEW BALL TAKEN - Anderson returns from the Radcliffe Road End.
5:27pm - Sammy cuts Trott for four to herald the 250 and follows up by smacking the seamer down the ground for four. Just one over until the new ball is due.
5:15pm - 100 PARTNERSHIP AND SAMMY FIFTY - Trott is back into the attack but the century stand comes via Sammy’s driven four off Swann. He picks up a single later in the over to go to 50.
4:55pm - The seventh-wicket stand encourages Andrew Strauss to bring James Anderson back 10 overs before the new ball is due. Sammy then strikes the first six of the series by lifting Swann over wide long-off.
4:39pm - Sammy is only saved from being lbw to Bresnan by a faint edge but responds with a crunching straight-driven four off the same bowler. The Windies’ 200 comes in the next over, bowled by Swann.
4.30pm - Samuels brings up the half-century alliance with a driven four off Bresnan. Jonny Bairstow then saves two with a brilliant chase to the boundary that ends with him tumbling into an advertising hoarding. He gets up and stays on the field but appears to be in pain.
4:27pm - Samuels had a few nervous moments prior to tea, but he has looked in fine touch since the resumption. Another four through the off side, this time off Swann, takes him to 59. A handy partnership developing for the tourists now.
4:17pm - After quiet overs from Graeme Swann and Bresnan, Jonathan Trott is reintroduced to bowl the 61st over. Windies skipper Darren Sammy responds with an aerial drive between mid-off and cover for four.
4:05pm - FIFTY - Samuels (130b 8x4 0x6) - Marlon Samuels wastes little time in settling back into his stride and picks up his seventh four with a crunching back-foot drive through the covers off Bresnan. A similar shot from the final ball of the over takes the Jamaican to 50 from 130 deliveries.
4pm - The players are back out on the field at Trent Bridge and Tim Bresnan will resume with the ball for England. During the interval, boxers Carl Froch and Lucian Bute were interviewed on the outfield ahead of their world title fight in Nottingham tomorrow night.
3:40pm - TEA - WI 154/6; Samuels 41, Sammy 11 - Part-time seamer Jonathan Trott bowls the last over before tea, which England take in another position of strength.
3:30pm - Anderson and Broad tighten the noose by combining for three back-to-back maidens to Samuels and Sammy, who ends that sequence with a driven four off Broad.
3:15pm - Darren Sammy gets off the mark by whipping Bresnan square for four. Surely the West Indies captain had not been expecting to bat this soon after he won the toss?
3:05pm - WICKET! Ramdin b Bresnan 1. WI 136/6 - Denesh Ramdin plays back to a full Bresnan delivery and is bowled through the gate to leave the Windies in trouble.
2:52pm - WICKET! Chanderpaul lbw Swann 46. WI 125/5 - England have the wicket they will have craved the most and Swann is the man to provide it. Chanderpaul survives a vociferous lbw appeal from around the wicket, but a review results in umpire Asad Rauf's decision being overturned.
2:37pm - Chanderpaul, on 33, cuts Tim Bresnan aerially to Anderson’s right at gully, but too firmly to be considered a chance. Samuels strikes Swann to the rope to bring up the fifty partnership from 152 balls before drinks are taken at 116 for four.
2:21pm - Chanderpaul drives Anderson through a vacant mid-off for the first boundary of the session. In the next over Samuels elegantly hits Swann for four through cover to take the tourists into three figures.
2:12pm - It is still slow going for West Indies as Andrew Strauss continues to rotate his attack, Swann succeeding Broad from the Pavilion End with a maiden. Anderson switches to round the wicket and beats Samuels twice in a row during the sixth maiden in 10 overs since lunch.
1:58pm - Broad and Anderson are building the pressure as they respectively send down England’s third and fourth straight maidens. Chanderpaul ends the stalemate by pulling Broad for two runs.
1:40pm - Graeme Swann begins the afternoon session from the Pavilion End. James Anderson returns at the Radcliffe Road End and Stuart Broad immediately takes over from Swann with a maiden to Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Anderson does likewise to Marlon Samuels.
1pm - LUNCH - WI 84/4; Chanderpaul 19, Samuels 14 - Swann comes into the attack for the first time, replacing Bresnan, before the morning session, which very much belongs to England, is completed by Broad.
12:52pm - Away from Trent Bridge James Morrison, who played youth cricket for England with Bresnan and Alastair Cook - rooming with the latter - is four shots clear in the PGA Championship golf at Wentworth.
12:45pm - A period of relative calm follows with Broad and Bresnan bowling in tandem. Chanderpaul and Samuels attempt to rebuild, although the latter looks decidedly shaky.
12:30pm - REVIEW - Bresnan strikes Marlon Samuels on the pad and the batsman is given out, but successfully reviews as replays show the ball going over the stumps. Bresnan then completes a maiden over.
12:21pm - WICKET! Powell c Anderson b Broad 33. WI 64/4 - Sorry Kieran; put the mockers on you. Broad replaces Anderson at the Radcliffe Road End and locates an edge which Anderson pouches at slip.
12:16pm - Powell top-edges Bresnan on 32 but the ball evades Strauss running back from first slip.
12:09pm - Powell brings up West Indies’ 50 with a clipped four to leg off Bresnan. That is a seventh boundary for the opening batsman, who is looking good. Shivnarine Chanderpaul gets off the mark by cover-driving Anderson to the rope. Chanderpaul then edges Anderson low between Swann and Bresnan in the slips for four more.
12:01pm - Bravo c Swann b Anderson 3. WI 42/3 - Anderson switches to round the wicket and immediately finds Darren Bravo’s edge with Swann doing the rest at second slip to herald drinks. In other news, Jonny Bairstow has been awarded an increment contract for 2011-12.
11:47am - Tim Bresnan takes over from Broad at the Pavilion End. In the next over Powell clips Anderson nicely off his legs for four.
11:44am - Powell picks up a fortuitous four, inside-edging Anderson narrowly past his stumps.
11:34am - WICKET! Edwards b Anderson 7. WI 26/2 - Anderson nips one through a gaping hole between the right-hander’s bat and pad to clip the top of off stump in a wicket-maiden.
11:24am - Powell replicates his driven four from Broad’s first over.
11:20am - Kirk Edwards has a life on one as he edges Anderson between Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan in the slips for four. Next ball Anderson has an lbw appeal against the right-hander turned down.
11:12am - WICKET! Barath c Anderson b Broad 0. WI 9/1 - Anderson cranks up the pressure via a maiden before Broad makes the breakthrough with the help of his new-ball partner. Broad’s first ball to Barath finds the right-hander’s outside edge and Anderson takes a stunning one-handed catch to his left at third slip.
11:05am - Stuart Broad takes the second over, from the Pavilion End, and is elegantly cover-driven for four by Kieran Powell, who next ball edges just short of Andrew Strauss at first slip and gets another boundary.
11:00am - The umpires and players are out in the middle. James Anderson is bowling the first over, from the Radcliffe Road End, with Adrian Barath initially taking strike.
10:45am - On entering the ground this morning Onions, perhaps mistaken for a spectator, was asked if wanted to buy a commentary earpiece. He politely declined. Now he has missed out on the XI, perhaps he wishes he bought one.
10:35am - WEST INDIES WIN THE TOSS AND BAT. England are unchanged while the tourists bring Rampaul and Shillingford in for Gabriel and Fidel Edwards.
10:15am - Should England wish to change their team from Lord’s, they have Steven Finn and Graham Onions in their 13-man squad. West Indies must make at least one alteration with Shannon Gabriel having flown home due to a back injury. Fellow seamer Ravi Rampaul is fit again after a neck complaint and spinner Shane Shillingford is also in contention.
10:00am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk's live coverage from Trent Bridge of the second Investec Test between England and West Indies. Andrew Strauss' side lead the three-match series thanks to a five-wicket win at Lord's. It is a gloriously sunny day here so no doubt play will begin on time at 11am. The toss is at 10:30am.