But Samuels dug deep to reach fifty before firing a flurry of boundaries to take the Windies to 188-5.
After the rain delayed the start of play, James Anderson struck early to Kraigg Brathwaite in the third over. England’s pacemen soon ran riot on a lifeless pitch to reduce their hosts to 129-5.
England also dropped three catches and failed to exploit the Windies fully. Marlon Samuels was the only glowing light for the Windies who stretched his arms in the final session.
In truth, England were probably grateful for the fading light that brought play to a premature end at a point when Samuels was motoring towards three figures.
Fortunately for England, it was good that the day ended before Samuels reached triple figures. English skipper, Alastair Cook, who had dropped Samuels on 32, will be hoping to start the new day
“The good thing is that we didn’t let them get away too far,” Chris Jordan, who took 2-40, told BBC Sport. “We bowled reasonably well in patches but we maybe could have made the batsmen play a little bit more with the ball swinging as it did. All in all, a reasonable day.”
Samuels, meanwhile, said that he was spurred on by goading from England bowler Ben Stokes.
“It’s obvious the English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me I continue scoring runs,” he said. “But they keep on talking. I guess they can’t help it.
“It all depends on how tomorrow goes – Marlon Samuels 150, Ben Stokes with the ball in his hand. It will be very interesting.
“He keeps talking to me but it keeps me motivated and keeps me batting.”