Chanderpaul scores century for Lancashire

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his second century of the English County season to put Lancashire in a strong position at the end of the third day of its Division One match against Kent in Canterbury yesterday. Chanderpaul, who was out for a golden duck in the first innings, made a vital 120 as Lancs set Kent 339 to win on a challenging pitch. The Guyanese left-hander began the day unbeaten on 23 and went on to face 234 balls, hitting 14 fours in 328 minutes. Lancashire had managed a 17-run first innings lead but looked vulnerable at 52 for three before Chanderpaul, batting at number four, got to together with Steven Croft (43) and then Gareth Cross (50) to add 78 and 89 for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively.

Lancashire were eventually bowled out for 321 with Chanderpaul departing with the score on 291 for eight in the 92nd over. In reply, Kent reached 84 for two at stumps. The next highest score in the match so far has been 69 by the Kent opener Joe Denly. At Horsham, former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore took four for 50 in 23 overs as Derbyshire crumbled to 225 all out and handed Sussex an innings and 109-run victory. Collymore, who finished with a match haul of six for 87, accounted for the top three batsmen (Anguillan-born Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen and Paull Borrington) as well as South African allrounder Robin Peterson.

Derbyshire made 242 in the first innings before Sussex replied with a massive 576 for three declared including hundreds from each of their top four batsmen: Ed Joyce (164), Chris Nash (156), Ben Brown (112) and Murray Goodwin (100 n.o.). Collymore, who was dropped from the West Indies team in 2007 to make room for the likes of Darren Powell, Lionel Baker and Fidel Edwards, is currently topping the tournament’s bowling averages with his 51 wickets from 12 matches costing just 18.43 apiece. He is also the fourth highest wicket taker.

Source: Trinidad Guardian

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