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England trail by 225 runs

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) – England reached 74 without loss at stumps on the second day of the second cricket Test against West Indies at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

Openers Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook were 32 and 37 not out, respectively.

England trail by 225 runs after a last-wicket partnership of 52 between left-hander Davendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel carried the West Indies to a first innings total of 299 at tea on a rain-disrupted second day of the.

Bishoo, playing his first Test since 2009, played some attractive strokes before off-spinner Moeen Ali dismissed him lbw for 30 to end the innings.

Gabriel, the big fast bowler brought into the team after the first Test to replace the injured Jerome Taylor, belted a six and a four in his unbeaten 20, surpassing his previous highest score in first-class cricket of 16.

Stuart Broad was England’s best bowler with four for 61 off 24 overs. There were two wickets each for James Anderson and Chris Jordan, and one each for Ben Stokes and Ali.

Marlon Samuels, on 94 when play began after a delayed start because of rain, completed his seventh Test hundred with his 13th four, a shot off Anderson over the slips. He then edged Anderson to Ian Bell at second slip two balls later to go for 103.

Ten runs later, Broad dismissed captain Denesh Ramdin for 30 and followed up with the wickets of first Test century-maker Jason Holder for 22 and Kemar Roach for one before Bishoo and Gabriel frustrated England.

Persistent showers that swept in from the valley in the east cut play to 8.5 overs before lunch and another hour after lunch.

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