Nottingham - Marlon Samuels's unbeaten hundred and a Test-best score from West Indies captain Darren Sammy rescued the tourists from a dire position on the first day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Friday.
West Indies, who had collapsed to 63 for four when Samuels came in, were 304 for six at stumps.
Samuels was 107 not out -- only his third hundred in 39 Tests and first since his previous Test best of 105 against South Africa in Durban in January 2008.
Meanwhile Sammy, whose place in the team has been called into question by West Indies great Michael Holding, was 88 not out at stumps having surpassed his previous Test best of 61 against Australia at Roseau last month and justified his decision to bat first after winning the toss.
The pair, who came together at 136 for six, had so far added an unbroken 168 for the seventh wicket.
Samuels walked out with West Indies in a desperate position and they were still in trouble at 136 for six when he was joined by Sammy.
But, against an older ball and on a true pitch, the pair rebuilt the innings with sound and stylish shotmaking.
And when England took the new ball as soon as they could, with West Indies 260 for six off 80 overs, the duo saw out the day's final 10 overs.
A few years ago Samuels would have been dismissed for one after being given out lbw to Tim Bresnan but he successfully reviewed umpire Asad Rauf's decision.
West Indies' top order had failed repeatedly during a run of just two wins in 31 Tests coming into this game.
Yet such were the ideal sunny batting conditions, it would almost have been an admission of weakness had Sammy fielded first after winning the toss.
But their struggles against the new ball continued Friday as James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who took a Test-best seven for 72 in England's five-wicket first win at Lord's that gave the world's number one ranked side a 1-0 lead in this three-march series, shared four wickets between them before lunch.
Opener Adrian Barath was out for nought when he he edged a rising ball from Broad, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, and third slip Anderson held a brilliant, left-handed, head-high catch.
New batsman Kirk Edwards then fell for seven when Anderson's superb off-cutter beat his defensive shot.
Much has been made of the absence of batsmen Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan after their respective disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board.
But they too might have struggled to keep out such a delivery and could hardly have improved on the performance of Samuels and Sammy later in the day.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, in at 86 for three and 36 for three at Lord's, entered at 42 for three with another huge repair job on his hands.
The world's number one batsmen, in for more than 10 hours in total at Lord's, was lucky when he edged Anderson between second and third slips on four.
Chanderpaul was looking set for another marathon innings when off-spinner Graeme Swann, had him lbw for the second time in as many innings.
Rauf rejected England's appeal but England captain Andrew Strauss called for a review and left-hander Chanderpaul was given out for 46.
Tim Bresnan removed Denesh Ramdin but Sammy drove him on the up for four and Samuels hooked him for a boundary.
Sammy didn't middle an inside-out drive off Swann but the ball still sailed over long-off for six.
Samuels went to 98 with a cover-driven four off Bresnan before a leg-glanced boundary off Anderson saw him complete a 219-ball hundred with 14 fours.
Anderson (two for 58 off 24 overs) and Broad (two for 59 off 20) were economical but Bresnan's return of one 83 in 21 was expensive in comparison.
West Indies 1st Innings
A. Barath c Anderson b Broad 0
K. Powell c Anderson b Broad 33
K. Edwards b Anderson 7
D. Bravo c Swann b Anderson 3
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Swann 46
M. Samuels not out 107
D. Ramdin b Bresnan 1
D. Sammy not out 88
Extras (b8, lb10, w1) 19
Total (6 wkts, 90 overs, 373 mins) 304
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Barath), 2-26 (Edwards), 3-42 (Bravo), 4-63 (Powell), 5-125 (Chanderpaul), 6-136 (Ramdin)
To bat: S Shillingford, R Rampaul, K Roach
Bowling: Anderson 24-10-58-2; Broad 20-3-59-2; Bresnan 21-4-83-1 (1w); Swann 20-4-62-1; Trott 5-0-24-0;
England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Asad Rauf (PAK)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)