Sammy, Strauss, Pietersen Plunder Runs On Day Two
West Indies 370 (Samuels 117, Sammy 107) v
England 259-2 (Strauss 102no, Pietersen 72no)
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day two
West Indies and England captains Darren Sammy and Andrew Strauss both scored centuries on day two of the second Test at Trent Bridge as the runs continued to flow in hot conditions.
Sammy hit his maiden three-figure score, making 107 as the tourists were bowled out for 370 before England closed on 259 for two with Strauss unbeaten on 102 and Kevin Pietersen on 72.
Sammy and Marlon Samuels (117) extended their seventh-wicket partnership to 204 - a record in England.
Pietersen showed how good conditions are for batting by hitting the fourth ball he faced for six as England tore into the West Indian bowlers late on, particularly savaging off-spinner Shane Shillingford.
Strauss moved to his 21st century shortly before stumps having become England's ninth leading run-scorer earlier in the day.
In a day of high drama, Kemar Roach twice had Alastair Cook caught behind off no balls, the left-hander going on to score 24 to put on 43 for the first wicket with Strauss to get England's reply off to a good start.
Jonathan Trott made 36 in 54 balls before he was trapped in front by Ravi Rampaul, who also had Cook caught behind.
Sammy delayed the introduction of Shillingford and he was given a tough introduction to Test cricket in England, immediately attacked by Pietersen and Strauss, leaking 73 runs in 15 overs.
Pietersen thrilled the crowd by scooping the ball over his shoulder for four and Strauss scored his second half-century in 76 balls as England finished the day strongly.
They began the day still struggling to break the Sammy-Samuels partnership and Sammy reached his century in 140 balls before he was dismissed, caught by Kevin Pietersen off Tim Bresnan.
One run later, Samuels fell, caught by James Anderson off the same bowler having faced 261 balls and hit 16 fours, guiding his side from a difficult position of 63 for four to one where they were able to boss the game, albeit briefly.
The lower order offered little resistance, Roach (7), Shillingford (16) and Rampaul (6 not out) knocked over as Bresnan finished with four for 104 as Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad returned two wickets apiece.
Had Roach not overstepped - the first time with Cook on just one run - England might have found themselves in trouble, but on this pitch under such cloudless skies, the West Indies ended the day ruing their inability to take the chances when they came their way.
England lead the three-match series 1-0 after a five-wicket win at Lord's.
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