Samuels, Ramdin resist Eng


Marlon Samuels again sparkled with the bat and Denesh Ramdin made an unbeaten half-century to lead West Indies to 280 for eight on the first day of action in the third and final Test against England on Saturday. 

After the opening two days were washed out by rain, Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan claimed three wickets apiece after the home team won the toss and decided to field but Samuels and Ramdin made sure West Indies chalked up a respectable score at Edgbaston. 

Samuels continued his fine form in the series that helped him to get a hundred with 76 while wicketkeeper Ramdin was 60 not out at the close and Ravi Rampaul undefeated on two. 

England, seeking a 3-0 sweep in the series, rested Stuart Broad having already used the rotation policy to give their other leading fast bowler James Anderson a break ahead of the tests against South Africa next month. 

West Indies made four changes. Shivnarine Chanderpaul missed out with a side injury and was replaced by Narsingh Deonarine while the out of form Kirk Edwards's place was taken by debutant Assad Fudadin. 

Score board 

West Indies (I Innings)

Barath lbw Onions 41

Powell c Swann b Bresnan 24

Fudadin c Bell b Bresnan 28

Bravo c&b Finn 6

Samuels lbw Bresnan 76

Deonarine c Strauss b Onions 7

Ramdin (batting) 60 

Sammy c Strauss b Finn 16

Narine b Onions 11

Rampaul (batting) 2

Extras (B-2, LB-6, W-1) 9

Total (8 wickets; 98 overs) 280

Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-90, 3-99, 4-128, 5-152, 6-208, 7-241, 8-267. 

Bowling: Onions 24-7-56-3, Bresnan 26-8-74-3, Finn 22-6-65-2, Swann 21-5-61-0, Trott 5-1-16-0. 



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