Samuels shines again, but England win
NOTTINGHAM, England – A sterling, unbeaten half-century from Marlon Samuels failed to ease the disappointment, as West Indies suffered a nine-wicket loss in the second Test against England on Monday here.
Samuels followed up his first innings hundred with an unbeaten 76, an innings that dragged the Windies from their precarious overnight total of 61 for six to 165 all out in their second innings about half-hour after lunch on the fourth day at Trent Bridge.
The batting of the Caribbean side was undermined by Tim Bresnan with four wickets for 37 runs from 17 overs that helped him to earn the Man-of-the-Match award and fellow fast bowler Jimmy Anderson claimed four for 43 from 20.1 overs.
West Indies seemed powerless, as England, chasing 108, coasted to victory about half-hour after tea to secure an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series to keep their grip on the cherished Wisden Trophy.
An over-pitched delivery on the legs from Samuels – bowling his uncomplicated off-spin darts – was clipped to deep fine leg for four by Jonathan Trott to formalise the result.
The Windies have now lost 17 of their last 20 Tests against the current World No.1 Test side and, more strikingly, have not won a Test in England in 12 years.
The third and final Test starts on June 7 at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but West Indies face Leicestershire in a two-day, tour match this coming Saturday and Sunday at Grace Road in Leicester.
Starting the day with the visitors only three runs ahead, Samuels and West Indies captain Darren Sammy defied England for the first hour before being separated.
The pair put on 49 for the seventh wicket with Sammy, who started the day on nought, scoring 25 from 49 balls in a shade under 1 ¼ hours at the crease.
Samuels was outstanding in an innings which consumed 160 balls, lasted six minutes shy of four hours, and included nine fours and two sixes.
Despite the crisis, he played positively, collecting two attractive leg-side boundaries early on, which were complimented by two spanking cover drives off Anderson and Stuart Broad respectively.
Like he did in the first innings, Sammy stroked the ball confidently and his three fours were robust off-side shots.
He was first to fall just after the first hour’s play, lbw to Bresnan playing back to one that a subsequent review showed was just clipping the top of the bails, and the original decision remained, leaving the Windies 110 for eight.
Samuels and Kemar Roach with 14 then added a further 29 for the eighth wicket.
Roach collected three fours off Broad in the bowler’s 17th over, as the Caribbean side resisted stoutly.
Samuels had just reached his 50, when Roach walked across his stumps to Anderson two balls later and was lbw on review, 10 minutes before lunch.
Shane Shillingford fell in the fifth over on resumption, caught at slip by Anderson from off-spinner Graeme Swann’s bowling with seven runs added to the interval score of 141 for eight.
Samuels then chanced his arm, lifting Swann for straight sixes in the bowler’s next over which cost 16 runs before Ravi Rampaul edged the fifth ball he faced to Bresnan at third slip off Anderson, to depart without scoring as the innings closed.
Disciplined opening spells from the West Indies new ball pair of Roach and Rampaul failed to yield a wicket, as England cruised to 74 without loss at tea.
The closest the Windies came to a breakthrough before the break was when Strauss nicked Sammy between wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and first slip fielder Darren Bravo for four, when he had reached 34.
After tea, the visitors were rewarded for their persistence, when Strauss, having faced 72 balls and struck seven fours, was caught at cover for 45 off Samuels essaying a drive 12 minutes after the break.
West Indies failed to take another wicket, as Alastair Cook, unbeaten on 43, and Jonathan Trott, not out on 17, carried England over the finish line.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 370
ENGLAND 1st Innings 428
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 61 for six)
A. Barath lbw b Anderson 7
K. Powell b Anderson 1
D.M. Bravo lbw b Bresnan 22
S. Chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11
M. Samuels not out 76
+D. Ramdin lbw b Bresnan 6
K. Edwards lbw b Bresnan 0
*D. Sammy lbw b Bresnan 25
K. Roach lbw b Anderson 7
S. Shillingford c Anderson b Swann 0
R. Rampaul c Bresnan b Anderson 0
Extras (b1, lb2) 3
TOTAL (all out) 61
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Powell), 2-14 (Barath), 3-31 (Chanderpaul), 4-45 (Bravo), 5-61 (Ramdin), 6-61 (Edwards), 7-110 (Sammy), 8-139 (Roach), 9-148 (Shillingford)
Bowling: Anderson 20.1-6-43-4; Broad 17-5-58-1; Swann 6-1-24-1; Bresnan 17-5-37-4
ENGLAND 2nd Innings (target: 108)
A. Strauss c Bravo b Samuels 45
A. Cook not out 43
J. Trott not out 17
Extras (b5, nb1) 6
TOTAL (1 wkt) 111
Fall of wicket: 1-89 (Strauss)
Bowling: Roach 5-2-16-0; Rampaul 6-2-12-0; Sammy 6-2-32-0; Samuels 5.4-0-18-1; Shillingford 8-1-28-0 (nb1)
Result: England won by nine wickets
Series: England lead three-Test series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Tim Bresnan.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: N. Mallender (England)