Samuels holds West Indies together in second Test

Batsman nearing century but England in a better position after opening day.

Cricket: West Indies'' Marlon Samuels avoids a bouncer
Samuels has hit 13 fours in his innings so far [Reuters]

A patient unbeaten 94 from Marlon Samuels helped West Indies recover against England to end the first day of the second Test on 188 for five in Grenada.

While the tourists will be frustrated at not having made more inroads in the final session before bad light stopped play, West Indies again showed signs of a new-found resilience.

After overnight and early morning rain, England skipper Alastair Cook put the hosts in to bat, hoping that his bowlers could exploit the overcast weather.

James Anderson, now England’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, not surprisingly managed to find some swing and removed Kraigg Brathwaite with a superb inswinger for one.

Cook waited before bringing Ben Stokes into the attack but he provided an instant impact, removing Shivnarine Chanderpaul for one with his second delivery – the left hander guiding the ball to Moeen Ali at point as the hosts fell to 74 for four.

Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood again showed promise by making 26 before, after review, he was ruled to have been trapped leg before off Jordan.

With Samuels able to start again in the morning, England will regret their captain dropping the stroke player off Jordan when he was on 33.


West Indies 188-5 (Samuels 94*, Jordan 2-40)

Source: Reuters