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Samuels scores fifty as Windies hang on

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.

In Bresnan's next over England unsuccessfully referred Dar's decision not to give Samuels lbw.

Samuels then slashed a James Anderson delivery inches past a diving Andrew Strauss at first slip and reached his 50 with a single off the same bowler in the 51st over.

In the same over Anderson successfully referred a decision by Asad Rauf not to give Roach lbw, leaving West Indies eight wickets down at lunch.
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