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Broad six puts England on top Published: 17 May 2012

Stuart Broad's six wickets saw him join a select Lord's club and put England on top on day one of the opening Test, despite a belligerent innings from Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Broad became just the eighth man to appear on both batting and bowling Honours Boards at Lord's when he caught and bowled Kemar Roach in the final session of the match, before adding Fidel Edwards with the last ball of the day to leave the West Indies 243/9 at the close.

Chanderpaul, the world's number one ranked batsman, was superb in counteracting the swing and seam England found, bedding himself in on an even-paced pitch to reach 87* by the close.

The West Indies number five survived one scare on 62 when he was given out padding-up to Jimmy Anderson. But a review proved the ball would not have hit the stumps and the 37-year-old continued to frustrate England to the close.

Anderson can count himself unlucky not to take more than the two wickets he collected in the opening session, but Broad rode his luck and finished the day stronger after struggling for rhythm in the early overs.

Ebb and flow

England captain Andrew Strauss unsurprisingly chose to insert the West Indies under grey skies and with the pitch which most assumed would be under-prepared after the recent poor weather.

Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers with the new ball, finding ample swing, and after a solid start for the West Indies opening pair, Kieran Powell was clean bowled by England's player of the year after leaving a delivery which swung back prodigiously.

The Lancashire fast bowler's control of the movement on offer was exemplary throughout his opening spell, and the WIndies were reduced to 32-2 when Kirk Edwards was trapped LBW.

Adrian Barath has something of a reputation as a dasher at the top of the order, but although his innings came to no more than a cameo of 42, it briefly threatened to be a perfect openers knock.

Showing patience many have doubted he has, Barath left well, defended stoutly and cashed in on anything remotely loose, particularly outside off stump.

Broad dismissed him after Lunch though for 42 - which included nine fours - and the tourists stumbled to a shaky looking 100/4 when a farcical run out did for Darren Bravo, who was beginning to look good on 29.

Chanderpaul was at fault, sending Bravo back after flicking Swann behind square leg and seeing his younger batting partner join him at the strikers end. Matt Prior almost ruined the moment with a wild throw, but the bowler, Graeme Swann, kept his head to complete the dismissal.

Chanderpaul has seen too much cricket to let a moment like that get to him though, and the way he and Marlon Samuels successfully stifled England for their partnership of 81 in 27.4 overs was exemplary.

The ball softened and England's attack were far less dangerous - though they never quite let the West Indies pair dominate proceedings.

Samuels was the man who provided the breakthrough, caught at point off Broad by debutant Jonny Bairstow - who received his Test cap from family friend Geoffrey Boycott at the start of play - and Dinesh Ramdin didn't last long as Broad found his rhythm from the Nursery End.

Captain Darren Sammy struck a few lusty blows in his 17, including a fine hook off Broad, but the West Indies tail is weak with the bat and Broad didn't have to wait long to complete his haul - getting Roach and Edwards late on to make it England's day.


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