West Indies on top at Trent Bridge

May 26, 2012
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by Matt Buck

Second Test, Trent Bridge
Day 1: West Indies 306-6 v England

Marlon Samuels (107*) and Darren Sammy (88*) put West Indies into a strong position on day 1 at Trent Bridge against England.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat in clear blue skies, on what looked a good batting surface. However, they soon found themselves in trouble when they were reduced to 63-4.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (46) did his best to frustrate England, but it was the 7th wicket partnership in the final session of the day between Samuels and Sammy that has given the tourists the edge.

Samuels went to his century 225 balls in a measured innings of Test batting. His captain was far more positive as he only faced 121 balls for his 88 as he took advantage of a tired looking England attack. Both men will know they must push on when they resume this morning if they are to maintain their advantage in this match.

On what turned out to be a tough day for England’s bowlers, Jimmy Anderson was the pick with 2-58 from 24 overs. There was also two wickets for the man of the man at Lord’s Stuart Broad. Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann both picked up a wicket.

England will be hoping for early wickets on day 2 in order to remain a threat in this match.

The Scoop 26/05/12


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