Queensland v West Indians, Brisbane, 3rd day October 29, 2005

Samuels creams 257 in mammoth Windies total

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 323 and 1 for 52 trail West Indians 612 (Samuels 257, Smith 115, Gayle 58) by 237 runs

Marlon Samuels flayed the Queensland attack, smashing 257 off 304 balls © Getty Images

Marlon Samuels pounded the Queensland attack, scoring a colossal 257 to give the West Indians a gigantic 289-run lead at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. Queensland lost Matthew Hayden in their second innings as they ended the third day on 1 for 52.

Samuels, who went past Martin Love's 250 for the highest score at the ground, hammered 34 fours and eight sixes as the West Indians piled up 612 in just 143.1 overs. He built useful partnerships with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwane Bravo to take the total past 350. Chris Simpson then struck two quick blows for Queensland, removing Bravo and Denesh Ramdin, while Mitchell Johnson sent Brian Lara - batting as low as No. 8 - packing for just 1.

At 7 for 384 Queensland had an opportunity to skittle the tail out cheaply and restrict the deficit. But Samuels found willing partners in Tino Best and Daren Powell who did their utmost to frustrate Queensland.

Samuels and Best added 72 runs for the eighth wicket, and after Best departed for a defiant 23, Samuels took centre stage. The ninth-wicket partnership added 156, of which Powell made a quick 34 with five fours and a six. Samuels finally got out after playing a dominant role in a string of partnerships, and with Wavell Hinds injured, the West Indians closed their innings on 612, giving Queensland a tough 13 overs to play before close.