Lancashire CCC - Specsavers County Championship
All-rounder Jordan Clark led Lancashire’s superb recovery to 294 for 6 against Surrey at the Kia Oval, completing a brilliant maiden first-class hundred by thrillingly hooking Mark Footitt for six in an over in which he had already plundered three fours.
The unheralded Clark was joined by the ageless Shivnarine Chanderpaul in a determined Lancashire fightback from 67 for 5, with the pair adding an unbroken 172 for the seventh wicket to blunt the Surrey attack.
Bad light took 17 overs from the first day’s final session but at stumps Clark was on 108 not out, from 133 balls and including three sixes and 17 fours, while Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 85.
Clark swept past his previous career-best of 84 not out in a stream of boundaries, and raced from 82 to 100 in a 76th over from Footitt which began with fours from a slash to third man, a gloved hook high over the wicketkeeper’s head and a magnificent extra cover drive, and ended with the perfectly-executed hook for six. With the ball still in the air, Clark raised both arms in triumph and Chanderpaul leading the applause.
Footitt’s nine-over morning burst of 3 for 29 had earlier undermined Lancashire after they had chosen to bat and Surrey looked set to take command in much the same way as they had dismantled Warwickshire’s batting when skittling them for 91 – thanks mainly to fast man Footitt’s explosive 6 for 14 – in their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One victory last week.
Chanderpaul, however, had other ideas and, four months short of his 43rd birthday, the former West Indies batsman showed he still has all the limpet-like qualities at the crease that he possessed in abundance when scoring 11,867 runs at an average of 51.37, with 30 hundreds, in 164 Test appearances.
He had already figured in a sixth wicket partnership of 55 with Ryan McLaren when the 26-year-old Clark joined him in the stand which completed Lancashire’s recovery.
McLaren looked distraught at being given out lbw as he played back to Gareth Batty’s arm ball – his reaction perhaps revealing that he felt he had got an inside edge – and he had played positively and well for his 28.
Clark, too, looked to take the attack to Surrey’s bowlers while Chanderpaul merely contented himself with unhurried accumulation and the occasional forcing stroke. The veteran left-hander’s stance is now so open that he initially faces square leg, but he moves into line as the ball is delivered and his judgement of what to play and what to leave remains high-class.
There was only one moment when that judgement let him down, and Surrey will rue giving him a life on 47 when he edged the ever-probing Tom Curran low to second slip where Scott Borthwick – one of the finest slip fielders in the domestic game – could not cling on as he dived to his right.
Clark, who announced himself by driving off spinner Batty back over his head for the first of his two sixes, played some powerful strokes and beat Chanderpaul to fifty by completing his own half-century from just 65 balls. By the close he had built a maiden hundred of great character and quality.
Chanderpaul, who played the last of his Tests in 2015, has rejoined Lancashire, for whom he also played in 2010, on a Kolpak registration. His appetite for crease occupation and runs clearly remains unsated; he has so far faced 183 balls, hitting 13 fours, and his last three first-class matches during the winter for his native Guyana contained scores of 50, 63, 57 and 143.
Not even the pacy Footitt could budge Chanderpaul after he had claimed the scalps of Alex Davies, new Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone and Dane Vilas in a sustained nine-over spell before lunch from the Pavilion End.
Davies was leg-before to an inswinger for 26, while Livingstone and Vilas fell in the space of three balls – Livingstone for 16 from a tame chip to mid wicket and Vilas, who thick-edged his first ball to third man for four, also pinned lbw by left-armer Footitt’s movement into the right-hander.
Lancashire’s early struggles began with Sam Curran removing Haseeb Hameed for a second ball duck, thin-edging a surprisingly expansive attempted drive in the game’s second over, and continued when Tom Curran made one bounce a little bit more than Luke Procter expected and drew the left-hander into edging to Borthwick at second slip on 12.
Throughout the 1980s opposing bowlers learned to fret once West Indies batting legend Gordon Greenidge developed a limp during an extended stay in the middle – an emotion Surrey’s attack easily related to yesterday (Saturday) once Lancashire’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulled up lame after limping his 123rd run at the Kia Oval.
The quirky left-hander, who played 164 Tests for the West Indies, emulated fellow countryman, Greenidge, by hobbling his way to 182 in generally overcast conditions in SE11 before eventually succumbing to fatigue. Last man out after eight hours in the middle, he helped the red rose county to add 176 to their overnight score for an all-out total of 470.
By stumps, Surrey had reached 112 for two in almost batting out the day’s 42 remaining overs either side of tea. They lost Mark Stoneman lbw for 40, and Scott Borthwick (19), caught behind off the penultimate ball of the day from Kyle Jarvis, to reduce their side’s first-innings deficit to 358 at the midpoint of this Specsavers County Championship first division clash. Yet the day undoubtedly belonged to Chanderpaul.
Having already posted the 74th century of his first-class career from 213 balls, the 42-year-old Guyanan needed five minutes’ treatment to his right thigh during the mid-session before being helped gingerly to his feet. After considering his options, Chanderpaul called on Luke Procter to act as runner and re-took his guard – hammering a bail into the crease – to resume his stint in the art of ‘though shalt not pass’ batsmanship.
He and his more expansive seventh-wicket partner, Jordan Clark, continued to make hay on a Surrey shirt-front with Clark battering a rare half-volley from Mark Footitt to the extra cover ropes to raise their 200 stand and beat Lancashire’s previous seventh-wicket record against the brown caps of 198 – set by Alexander Eccles and John I’Anson at Old Trafford in 1902 – in the process.
Their stand had reached 243 when Clark, on a career-best 140, aimed to sweep against Gareth Batty only to be caught, via a thin inside edge and his front pad, by Rory Burns at slip. The burly 26-year-old right-hander faced 212 balls and hit 23 fours and three sixes.
Moments later Chanderpaul pulled up soon after ambling a third run into the deep and, after extensive treatment to his thigh, continued with Procter as his runner.
After lunch, Footitt switched to the Vauxhall End to complete his fifth five-wicket haul in as many first-class games for Surrey. Bowling around the wicket and just short of a length, the left-armer got two deliveries to hold their line and feather the edge as both Stephen Parry (21) and Kyle Jarvis (0) departed to catches behind the stumps by Ben Foakes in the space of four balls.
Chanderpaul hobbled on, however, planting two straight sixes off a disbelieving Borthwick into the pavilion seats as he and No11 Simon Kerrigan added a further 63 in 18 overs for the 10th wicket.
Chanderpaul’s marathon ended a shade after 3.30pm when his tired, yet typically wristy drive against Gareth Batty looped to Borthwick at extra cover, leaving Kerrigan unbeaten on 20. The veteran left-hander faced 328 balls and hit 21 fours to go with his brace of sixes.
Footitt, with five for 118 – his fifth five-wicket return in as many championship starts – was the pick of the Surrey attack, while Batty chipped in with three for 72, including the prized scalp of Chanderpaul. Little wonder the Surrey skipper’s overwhelming emotion appeared to be relief in finally seeing the diminutive West Indian’s back.
Spinners Simon Kerrigan and Stephen Parry will be aiming to bowl Lancashire to a last day victory against Surrey at the Kia Oval after the home team were bowled out for 319 before battling to 55 for 1 as they followed on.
Slow left-armers Parry and Kerrigan took five first innings wickets between them as Surrey struggled in reply to Lancashire’s 470, before Kerrigan enjoyed another early second innings success.
Rory Burns, having added 20 to his first innings 91, had just cut Kerrigan for four when he was caught behind pushing forward defensively. Mark Stoneman, though, is still there on 22 and Scott Borthwick also made it through to stumps at 6.30pm on 4 not out.
Lancashire had to settle for a draw in their opening Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Essex, despite dominating much of last week’s contest at Chelmsford, but this time they will expect to finish the job on a pitch beginning to take turn. Surrey remain 96 runs behind.
Parry snapped up 3 for 31 in 24.2 overs first time around, taking the last two Surrey first innings wickets in successive balls to leave them an agonising two runs short of avoiding the follow on. Gareth Batty, who had batted well to reach 33 in a fighting ninth wicket stand of 57 with Tom Curran (33 not out), drove straight to mid off before last man Mark Footitt was lbw pushing defensively at his first ball.
Kerrigan, who did much to initiate a Surrey slide from an apparently comfortable 211 for 2, took 2 for 15 in a marathon 21-over spell which began twenty minutes before lunch – 11 of which were maidens. Overall, Kerrigan’s first innings figures were 29-12-35-2.
He and Parry rendered the Surrey middle order almost strokeless for most of the afternoon, after Parry had seen Kumar Sangakkara chip his first ball of the day tamely to short mid wicket to go for 46. The great Sri Lankan had just been dropped, on 45, off Kerrigan.
Indeed, it was something of a mystery why Liam Livingstone, the stand-in Lancashire captain, bowled his own off breaks for a spell in mid-morning but delayed bringing his two senior spinners back into the attack until Kerrigan was introduced for the 67th over of Surrey’s first innings.
Both Sangakkara and Burns, who resumed on 48 in Surrey’s overnight 112 for 2, looked in little trouble against Lancashire’s seamers, although it was Kyle Jarvis who eventually broke a third wicket stand of 99 when Burns, having scored a 215-ball 91, with 14 fours, pushed loosely at the Zimbabwean paceman and edged behind.
Then, five runs later, came Parry’s immediate success against Sangakkara and, with the two left-arm spinners now in tandem, Surrey’s innings fell away alarmingly as the pressure built against two bowlers rattling through their overs but never losing their accuracy.
Kerrigan bowled Ben Foakes for 9, firing a leg-stump yorker through his defences, and an equally strokeless Dominic Sibley was run out for 10 after being sent back by Zafar Ansari as he pushed Kerrigan into the offside.
Left-hander Ansari was twice all but bowled by Kerrigan before having his leg stump knocked back on 3 by another that turned between bat and pad, and Sam Curran then greeted the return of Ryan McLaren, armed with the much-delayed second new ball, by immediately clipping to mid wicket on 14 to leave Surrey really struggling at 262 for 8.
Sam’s brother Tom, however, stood firm in company with Surrey captain Batty to rally the home side for a while – before Parry had the last laugh with the scalps of Batty and Footitt to put Lancashire in complete control.
Day Four Report
Scott Borthwick and Kumar Sangakkara hit hundreds and broke red rose hearts in SE11 where Surrey lost only two wickets in batting through the final day to secure a worthy Specsavers County Championship draw with Lancashire at an overcast Kia Oval.
The two left-handers showed admirable patience and technique by combining to add 256 for the third wicket, as Sangakkara posted his seventh first-class hundred for the brown caps. At the other end, Borthwick notched his first ton in Surrey colours and remained unbeaten on 108 as the hosts reached 323 for three – for a lead of 172 when the players shook hands on the draw at 4.50pm.
Having failed to avoid the follow-on by an agonising two runs on Sunday afternoon, Surrey resumed their second innings on their overnight score of 55 for one – representing an overall match deficit of 96 going into bank holiday Monday’s fourth and final day.
They soon appeared in deeper trouble when Lancashire’s slow left-arm spinner Stephen Parry struck in only his second over of the day from the Pavilion End. With a nicely flighted arm-ball, he drew Mark Stoneman (27) down the pitch to beat the left-hander’s defensive push past the outside edge, leaving Alex Davies to smash down the stumps and complete a comfortable, if somewhat scruffy stumping.
That was the cue for third-wicket partners Sangakkara and fellow left-hander Borthwick to dig in. Either side of lunch and tea the pair added an admirable 256 under the floodlights to block out the prospect of a Lancashire win.
Borthwick, the close-season signing from Durham, posted a patient 129-ball 50 with three fours – his first for the brown caps – then, soon after, Sangakkara went past the milestone from only 77 balls faced with three fours and a six.
With sweepers positioned on both the leg and off-side boundaries to help restrict the number of Surrey boundaries, Lancashire skipper Liam Livingstone introduced his leg-spinners at the Pavilion End to cause Sangakkara his first and only real headaches of the day.
The winner of 134 Test caps, Sangakkara survived one appeal for lbw after padding up to a Livingstone top-spinner then the left-hander prodded just out of the reach of short leg to help the hosts reach 200 just before 3pm.
Then, with his score on 72, Sangakkara pushed hard-handed and edged another Livingstone top-spinner only to see Ryan McLaren down a simple catch at slip. Rather than doubting his capabilities to defend thereafter, Sangakkara duly went on the counter against Livingstone by plundering a brace of fours in his next over to effectively hit the leg-twirler out of the attack.
Sangakkara dominated the strike through until tea and continued to go for his shots, sweeping against Simon Kerrigan for his 11th four to post his 57th first-class century and take his side in at tea with a lead of 104.
As the game limped into its final session Borthwick, who scored championship centuries in both innings for his former county against Lancashire at Chester-le-Street last May, went to his 16th first-class hundred from 233 balls with a thunderous pull-shot to a Parry long-hop for his 10th boundary.
Simon Kerrigan looked as surprised as anyone in the ground when he bowled Sangakkara around his legs to end his four-and-a-quarter hour stay for 136 and a third partnership that lasted 64.2 overs.
The draw, which was completed five minutes later, ensured that both these top-flight counties remain unbeaten going into the third round of early-season first division matches.