Marlon Samuels fifty extends West Indies lead

Marlon Samuels in unbeaten on 52 runs at lunch on day four Getty Images

Nottingham: May 28, 2012

West Indies frustrated England’s hopes of a quick victory on day four of the second Test here today, reaching 141-8 at lunch for a lead of 83.

Marlon Samuels is unbeaten on 52, with eight fours from 143 balls, while Shane Shillingford is 0 not out, after West Indies began Monday’s morning session with a lead of just three runs.

Tim Bresnan, who has 4-37, trapped West Indies captain Darren Sammy lbw for 25 and James Anderson (3-41) removed Kemar Roach, also lbw, for 14 after a referral.

Trent Bridge has a capacity of 17,500 and approximately 6,000 tickets were sold for the fourth day but with West Indies 61-6 overnight many fans assumed the result was a foregone conclusion and most seats were empty.

However, the overnight batsmen, Samuels and Sammy, suffered few alarms during the first hour and played with increasing confidence until Sammy was lbw to Bresnan in the first over after the drinks break, the 42nd.

Sammy referred Aleem Dar’s decision but replays showed the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps, ending a stand of 49 the pair had put on 204 in West Indies’ first innings. (PTI)

Brief Scores: West Indies 370 & 141 for 8 (Marlon Samuels 52*, Darren Sammy 25; Tim Bresnan 4 for 37, James Anderson 3 for 41) lead England 428 (Andrew Strauss 141, Kevin Pietersen 80, Tim Bresnan 37*; Ravi Rampaul 3 for 75, Kemar Roach 2 for 90) by 83 runs

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