While West Indies’ middle order batting flops continuously in the Caribbean, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to churn out the runs on the England county circuit.
The Guyanese and West Indies left-handed veteran was at the centre of his Derbyshire team’s efforts today as they finally mustered some resistance to take their match against Durham at Chester-le-Street into a fourth day . After crashing to 113 in their first innings Derbyshire were 49 for 5 in the second after being set a target of 472, but closed on 181 for 7.
Chanderpaul made 76 and put on 98 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Tom Poynton, who remained unbeaten on 56 on his return to the side after being axed because of his lack of runs in the first four games of the season.
Durham’s Chris Rushworth followed his 6 for 64
in the first innings by taking three more wickets in the second.
In the morning Durham opener Keaton Jennings followed his 93 in the first innings by completing his maiden championship century. Resuming on 65, he made his way carefully towards the milestone with a series of singles and reached his hundred off 247 balls. He was on 122 at lunch, when Durham led by 446 on 306 for 7, but added only one before being run out.
Mark Wood fell lbw on the back foot to give occasional offspinner Dan Redfern career-best figures of 3 for 33 and Durham declared on 331 for 9.
Derbyshire reached 19 before three wickets went down for one run, Ben Stokes taking two of them. Stokes nipped a delivery back to remove Richard Johnson’s off bail, then Callum Thorp found some extra bounce to have Wayne Madsen caught behind.
In Stokes’ next over Michael Richardson held a fine catch low to his right at third slip to get rid of Leeward Islands batsman Chesney Hughes.
Rushworth returned for a second spell and took the next two wickets, pinning Wes Durston lbw and having left-hander Redfern caught at first slip.
Chanderpaul reached 50 off 73 balls then hit Scott Borthwick for three fours when the leg-spinner was finally introduced, only to be removed after conceding 34 in four overs. Just as in the first innings it was Rushworth who persuaded Chanderpaul to feel for
a ball just wide of off stump, which he edged to Phil Mustard.
Chanderpaul has featured for Derbyshire in all three formats of the game in this his first year of a two-year contract.