NOTTINGHAM: Marlon Samuele's 3rd test century and a fluid knock from skipper Darren Sammy helped West Indies put an abject start to the 2nd test with England behind them and rally to end the 1st day on 304 for 6 on Friday.
England conquered the first 2 sessions, piling the pressure on West Indies' fragile top order that wasted ideal batting conditions to lose their first 6 wickets for 136.
Samuels, however, steadied the listing West Indies ship and frustrated England's bowlers with dogged resistance while Sammy at times cut loose as the pair put on 168 runs without loss. Samuels ended the day unbeaten on 107 while Sammy was binding towards his maiden international century with 88 not out.
The tourists made 2 changes from the side that lost at Lord's, off-spinner Shane Shilling ford and seamer Ravi Rampaul coming in for the injured Shannon Gabriel and the dropped Fidel Edwards. England, look to take a winning lead in the 3-match series, named an unchanged team. Result to bat after winning the toss seemed logical as blazing sunshine and warm temperature greeted the players at Trent Bridge but his side failed to cash in.
Stuart Broad, who claimed 11 victims when England won the 1st test at Lord's by5 wickets, struck in his 2nd over. Adrian Barath had yet to score when he was tempt into a prod outside off stump and the ball flew off the edge to James Anderson for a one-handed catch at third slip. Anderson then took centre stage, removed Kirk Edwards for seven with a delivery that jagged back off a length to swing back the batsman's off stump.
Bowling a good line and length on a slowest pitch contribution a little swing and seam movement,James Anderson was a constant menace to the West Indies batsmen who never looked at ease switch to round the wicket in the 15th over, he angled in a delivery to Darren Bravo (3) which shaped a lazy, loose drive and the ball fly to Graeme Swann at 2nd slip to leave West Indies on 46 for 3
That brought Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the crease much earlier than he would have liked and the world's No.1 ranked batsman was almost out 1st ball when Anderson's heady delivery hit the gloves and flew just over the slip barrier Opener Kieran Powell had looked sensibly assured as he reached 33 but he became Broad's 2nd victim in the 19th over, edging a good-length ball to Anderson at 3rd slip who held on despite a fumble.
Chanderpaul and Samuels dug in after lunch but Swann broke through Chanderpaul defenses to hand the plan again to the hosts.Swann got the ball to turn and it strike Chanderpaul, who had made 46 off 86 balls, on the back leg to have him lbw before Tim Bresnan then uproot Denesh Ramdin's (1) off stump. The tourists were in a sorry state but Samuels and Sammy began display the resilience West Indies had obtainable in the 2nd innings at Lord's.
1 st INNINGS
Session 3-90 overs
304 RUN 6 WICKETS
On Playing - Marlon Samuels-107* runs 225 balls
And Darren Sammy-88* runs 121 balls.