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England fail to set commanding lead
England took a modest 58-run lead on the third afternoon of the second Investec Test as a spirited West Indies put themselves in contention at Trent Bridge.
Having closed on 259 for two on Saturday night with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in total control, England were eyeing up a major first-innings advantage but lost eight wickets for 169 in two sessions to sit on 428 all out.
Skipper Andrew Strauss's 141, with 39 scored on Sunday, was the standout as Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach and Marlon Samuels each took two wickets.
Pietersen, 72 not out overnight, had been in scintillating form on Saturday evening and added eight runs in a matter of moments as play restarted. But his bright start was cut short when Ravi Rampaul nipped one back off the seam and rapped him on the pads.
Ian Bell's first runs came with a classy cut for four off Rampaul and he then used his feet to deposit the spinner to the long-on boundary. He was dropped on 15 but made just seven more before falling to the fifth delivery with the new ball.
At 70 behind there was serious work ahead of Jonny Bairstow, who was struck in the chest first up and almost gloved Roach's next bouncer just short of gully. Roach took that as his cue to bomb Bairstow with short deliveries and the Yorkshireman managed just four singles before being caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on off an ungainly leading edge.
Matt Prior looked more at ease and raced along to 16. But Strauss lost another partner when Prior prodded at Sammy and deflected the ball into middle stump.
Tim Bresnan, picked in part for his batting prowess, was clattered by a Rampaul bouncer at the start of the afternoon session and had a scare when the seamer had an lbw appeal unsuccessfully reviewed. But while Bresnan survived Strauss, after seven hours at the crease, finally lost his discipline.
Sammy hung one outside the off stump and Strauss flashed a catch to Ramdin, departing for 141 with his side seven short of parity.
A driven four by the incoming Stuart Broad tied the scores, and a Roach no-ball sent the hosts in front. Bresnan and Broad gave the lead a boost with a quick flurry of boundaries, both looking confident against a ball that had started to soften, but Broad's stand was halted on 53 when he mis-timed a sweep to give Shillingford a long-awaited first scalp.