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West Indies bowled out for 209 despite Samuels' ton

marlon_samuels_testNew Zealand stormed right back into contention in the Digicel Test series as they knocked over the West Indies for just 209 in their first innings on Day 2 at Sabina Park, this despite an excellent innings of 123 from local lad Marlon Samuels. Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult were the wreckers-in-chief, sharing 6 wickets evenly between them with Tim Southee and Neil Wagner also chipping in with 2 each. New Zealand as a result took a 51 run lead into their second innings, and stretched that out to 110 by the close of play. A couple of late strikes though from part-timer Narsingh Deonarine kept the hosts in the contest as New Zealand ended the day at 59-2.

Marlon Samuels put on a batting master class for his countrymen at Sabina Park as he made a superb fourth Test century. The elegant Jamaican played a number of breathtaking shots as he made a commanding 123 off 169 balls to keep the West Indies alive on the second day of the second Test on Friday.

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South Africa bowled out for 419 in the 1st innings of Headingley test, England openers survive Dark Evening

stuart_broadAfter a hard fought first day, England responded well and had the better of their day 2 battle with the Proteas at Headingley, restricting South Africa to 419 in their first innings. Following up their commendable bowling performance, the England batsmen survived a dark and cloudy evening as they saw off the dangerous South African seamers, putting 48 runs on the board without losing any wicket. It was mainly first day hero Alviro Peterson's effort of 184 runs that saw the tourists go past 400 and Stuard Broad, who went wicketless at The Oval returned with figures of 3/96.

England continued to keep South Africa under the cosh in the first session of the second test at Headingley, but weren't rewarded for their precision bowling effort as South Africa managed to survive the session for the loss of just a solitary wicket.

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Kemar Roach gets 4 as Windies bowl out New Zealand for 260 on Day 1 in Sabina Park

The West Indies continued their dominant form against New Zealand on Thursday, dismissing the tourists for 260 on the opening day of the second Test match at Sabina Park. Fast bowler Kemar Roach again ripped the heart out of the Black Caps' batting with 4-70 off 17.2 overs, to follow up his 5-60 in the second innings of the first Test victory at Antigua. Tino Best marked his return to Test cricket with 2-40. The livewire Best also completed an athletic piece of work at cover to run out topscorer Martin Guptill (71) with a direct hit. Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine bowled well to take 2-43 as the visitors folded on the opening day. The West Indies reached 11 without loss at the close, with first Test century-makers Kieran Powell (10*) and Chris Gayle (1*) set to resume on Friday.

For New Zealand it was yet another case of so many players getting off to starts, but failing to make them count. Martin Guptill, who recorded half-centuries in both innings in Antigua added a third consecutive one here, but was beaten some phenomenal fielding from Best. Ross Taylor, who made an entertaining 60 laced with 4 boundaries, shared a 103 run stand with Guptill after early strikes from Roach and Best had reduced the visitors to 11-2.

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England on top in Headingley as South Africa stutter to 262-5 despite Petersen ton

The opening day of the second test between England and South Africa belonged to the hosts as they made up for their bowling debacle in the opening test by sending back half of the Proteas side for just 262 runs on Day 1 in Headingley. The day saw massive momentum swings with Alviro Petersen, arguably the least illustrious name in the South African line-up, batting through the day to remain unbeaten on 124. Petersen shared in two crucial partnerships, adding 120 with Graeme Smith (52) for the opening wicket and another 97 with AB de Villiers (47) for the fourth. However, England were able to make merry in between, picking up wickets in clumps to give themselves a more than decent chance of levelling the series. The wickets were evenly shared amongst England's frontline bowlers, and should the hosts be able to pick up a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning, they could well find themselves enjoying the best of the batting conditions available in Leeds late on Day 2 and for most of Day 3.

The English skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and decided to give his bowlers first use on a pitch which had a tinge of green, and looked set to give his seamers plenty of assistance. While Bopara's absence saw the Nottingham batsman James Taylor being presented with an English cap by Mike Atherton, the much more interesting news came in the form of the specialist spinner Graeme Swann being left out to make room for Steve Finn, considering the overcast conditions predicted throughout the test match. The Proteas went in unchanged from the first test which meant the struggling Alviro Petersen got another opportunity.

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Confident Sammy looking to make it two wins in a row

Darren Sammy is confident his team can defeat New Zealand in the second Digicel Test match and win the two-match Digicel Test Series. The allrounder spoke on the eve of the second match and said everyone is ready to perform at peak level over the next five days at Sabina Park.

Having won the first Digicel Test on a batsman-friendly pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on Sunday, the West Indies only need a draw to claim the trophy. However, Sammy said the aim is a victory on a Sabina Park pitch expected to offer assistance to the bowlers.

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Sangakkara, Tendulkar, Philander, Kallis and Anderson nominated for this year's LG People's Choice Award

The third LG People's Choice Award this year sees two former winners nominated alongside three other international cricketing stars in a bid win the only award voted for by the public at the annual LG ICC Awards.

Those nominated include Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, India's Sachin Tendulkar, South Africa's duo Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis, while England's James Anderson makes up the quintet of nominees.

Both Sangakkara (2011) and Tendulkar (2010) have won the LG People's Choice Award in the past.

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Narine: “We're pumped up” for Sabina Park showdown

Sunil Narine summed up the mood in the West Indies camp when he said "we're pumped up" as he set his sights on the upcoming second Digicel Test match against New Zealand at Sabina Park. The quiet off-spinner starred in the first Digicel Test with eight wickets as the West Indies scored an emphatic nine-wicket win on the fifth and final day. He took his first five-wicket haul on a placid surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and followed up with three wickets in the second innings.

This outstanding performance was good enough to earn him the Digicel Man-of-the-Match award in just his second Test match. It led to a big jump of 72 places in the International Cricket Council's Test Match Bowling Rankings.

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