A maiden Lancashire hundred for overseas star Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped his new team-mates recover from a worrying start at the Rose Bowl
The 35 year-old prolific West Indian dug the Red Rose out of a hole at 41-3 in the morning session of this LV= County Championship match against Hampshire after Glen Chapple had won the toss and elected to bat.
Chanderpaul was given vital support from Steven Croft and Luke Sutton, with whom he shared partnerships of 78 and 77 for the fourth and sixth wickets respectively.
But he was not able to see Lancashire through to close because he edged captain Dominic Cork behind to wicketkeeper Michael Bates for 118 in the 91st over of the day.
Lancs closed on 262-8 after 96 overs, and Sajid Mahmood and Simon Kerrigan will resume tomorrow morning.
“From where we were to where we are, we’ve done well,” said Chanderpaul. “It’s always great to score runs. The last couple of times I’ve come down here, I haven’t scored any.
“I got the 92 runs against Durham last week, so I had to work a little bit harder to get those extra eight. There was pressure because the pitch was doing a bit and they were bowling well.”
Cork, left arm spinner Danny Briggs and David Balcombe all took two wickets apiece for the Division One strugglers, with Briggs’ impressive display no doubt giving heart to Lancashire’s spin duo of Gary Keedy and Kerrigan.
Briggs bowled Croft for 41 off 86 balls and had Gareth Cross, playing in place of Stephen Moore, caught behind by Bates during the afternoon session.
Things were not looking good for Lancashire when Tom Smith, opening the batting in place of dislocated shoulder victim Moore, Paul Horton and Mark Chilton all edged behind to the keeper orr slips inside the first 21 overs of the match.
Smith edged left arm seamer James Tomlinson behind to wicketkeeper Michael Bates to leave the score at 4-1 in the eighth. Horton hit two fours and a six in 21 off 49 balls before he edged Balcombe to Neil Mckenzie at second slip, the South African taking the catch one handed high above his head, to reduce Lancs to 35-2 in the 18th. Chilton was then also caught behind off the bowling of Sean Ervine in the 21st with 41 runs on the board.
Chanderpaul and Croft took their side up to and beyond three figures with their alliance either side of lunch, Croft hitting six boundaries in his innings before he fell to England under 19s spinner Briggs to leave the score at 119-4 after 47. Cross fell trying to cut shortly afterwards.
Sutton then joined Chanderpaul – the pair also shared a century stand at Durham last week – to further aid the recovery, recording the first batting bonus point in the process.
Sutton was the sixth wicket to go when he slashed Balcombe to James Vince at first slip with 204 on the board in the 78th. And Chanderpaul reached his ton off 180 balls with a clipped four off his hip off the bowling of Balcombe.
Chapple had been bowled off a Cork no ball, but it did not cost the hosts because the Red Rose skipper, having recovered from a back injury suffered at Chelmsford on Tuesday, edged the next ball to Vince at first to give Hampshire their seventh wicket. And Cork had Chanderpaul, who hit 16 boundaries, caught behind to leave the score at 249-8 in the 91st over.
Mahmood clipped Tomlinson for six over wide long on to bring up the 250 – and get off the mark.
Chanderpaul added: “If we can get up to 300, we give ourselves a good chance. The pitch is a little slow.”