Having won the toss and decided to bat first under sunny skies, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was left ruing his decision as England once again made early inroads into the visitor’s batting line-up.
However, when it seemed that England could roll over the Windies for well under 200, Sammy joined Samuels at the crease and together the pair made England toil in what was a frustrating evening session for the hosts.
Eager to shine once more on his home ground, Stuart Broad gave England the perfect start when he had Adrian Barath caught at slip for a duck in just the fourth over.
James Anderson was the man who took the catch – a lovely one-handed effort at third slip – and he was in the action soon after, disturbing Kirk Edwards’ (7) stump with a super in-swinger before having Darren Bravo (3) caught at slip.
Broad rounded off the morning’s play with the scalp of Kieran Powell (33) – another caught in the slips – as England headed to lunch thinking it was all too easy.
As expected, Shivnarine Chanderpaul would not go easily and the left-hander dug in, putting on 62 with Samuels. There would be no repeat of the Lord’s heroics just yet though, as he was dismissed lbw by Graeme Swann on review.
With the rock of their batting back in the pavilion it seemed only a matter of time before the West Indies rolled over and accepted the seemingly inevitable first-innings walloping that was sure to come their way.
Samuels and Sammy had other ideas however, as they set about rebuilding the innings.
While Samuels was cautious, Sammy played with his usual aggression, although the skipper perhaps took note of the situation for a change and restrained himself somewhat.
As the runs added up and the overs ticked by, England became visibly frustrated. James Anderson exchanged words with a disinterested Sammy while Andrew Strauss engaged in long, fruitless discussions with his bowlers.
With the day all but done, a relieved Samuels tucked a leg side delivery to the fine leg fence to bring up his three figures. The right-hander received a well-deserved round of applause from all those in the ground.
At the close, the Windies had progressed to 304 for six, with Samuels unbeaten on 107 and his skipper on 88, zoning in on a first Test ton.