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Samuels gunning for big Windies total in second Test

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ST GEORGE'S (CMC):

Middle order batsman Marlon Samuels says his main goal is to help put the West Indies in a winning position against England when the second Test enters its second day at the National Cricket Stadium here today.

Samuels is unbeaten on 94, six runs away from his seventh Test century, as West Indies recovered to 188 for five when bad light stopped play with 70 overs bowled.

Samuels has already anchored two crucial half-century partnerships, including an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 59 with captain Denesh Ramdin, who is six not out.

most important thing

"Hopefully, we could put on a very big partnership and set up the team tomorrow. Getting that hundred is a milestone, but the most important thing is to put the team in a winning position," said Samuels.

"So I guess I will have to take my guard all over again when I make a hundred because I am definitely looking to carry on as long as possible for the team."

Earlier Samuels added 55 for the fifth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood, who made 26 off 58 balls with five boundaries.

"It was just like English conditions. I scored a lot of runs in England, so I gave it an English approach by leaving alone a lot of balls and let the ball come to me as late as possible on a slow track with the ball moving around," he said.

"I like a battle, and going out to bat knowing that the conditions are difficult with the English players talking a bit, it kind of motivates me more to dig deep and try to bat out the entire day and put West Indies in a very good position."

Due to the rain yesterday, play will start at 9:45 a.m. today (8:45 a.m. Jamaica Time).

ST GEORGE'S (CMC):

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Caricom committee on cricket governance say they have ended a "productive" meeting, where an agreement has been reached on "the way forward" for West Indies cricket.

However, both parties have declined to comment on the specifics of the agreement following their meeting, which ran for nearly five hours at the upscale Spice Island Beach resort in Grenada's southern tourist belt late Monday.

WICB president Dave Cameron and Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell said details of the agreement will be contained in a joint press release to be issued today.

Joint press release

"We also agreed that we will have a joint press release from the West Indies Cricket Board and of course the prime minister's team," Prime Minister Mitchell told the media at the end of the meeting.

"I believe we have reached a positive conclusion which will chart the way forward. We will be working together with the board and all concerned to move West Indies cricket forward."

Prime Minister Mitchell chaired the meeting, which was also attended by Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, the current CARICOM chairman; Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves.

All 18 directors of the WICB, including Cameron and vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, along with chief executive officer, Michael Muirhead, and corporate secretary, Verlyn Faustin, met with the CARICOM Committee, which also included CARICOM secretary general Irwin LaRocque.

"I think the meeting was very productive. We have agreed a way forward and a joint release will be issued. So you will get the details very shortly," said Cameron.