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Chanderpaul hits century on opening day

Chanderpaul hits century on opening day

Day One Report

The innovation of day/night Specsavers County Championship cricket delivered enthralling fare at Edgbaston as in-form Lancashire encountered spirited resistance from struggling Warwickshire.

Having chosen to bat, the Red Rose, hunting their third successive win, was bowled out for 273 by a Warwickshire side which has lost four of its six games by an innings this season.

Lancashire hit early trouble at 55 for four but were salvaged by Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 76th first-class century - a fluent unbeaten 117 from 151 balls with 16 fours.

The 42-year-old dealt adroitly with a pink ball which behaved much as one of any other hue would do - which is, of course, the idea. With a good crowd in, the inaugural day of day/night championship cricket in Birmingham appeared to meet with general approval.

Lancashire started solidly with openers Alex Davies and Haseeb Hameed adding 43 but 19-year-old debutant seamer George Panayi engineered a breakthrough which triggered the loss off four wickets for 12 runs in 35 balls.

Panayi was rewarded for a promising first spell in county cricket, in which he pitched the ball up to tempt the batsmen, when Hameed chipped to Ian Bell at short mid-off. Davies (31, 53 balls, five fours) then ran himself out with a terrible call which was punished by Will Porterfield's direct hit from mid-on.

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Jos Buttler fell lbw, playing across the line, to Jeetan Patel before Steven Croft edged Boyd Rankin's first ball to second slip.

Fifth-wicket pair Chanderpaul and Dane Vilas (44, 72 balls, six fours) halted the collapse with a stand of 96 in 20 overs in the second session before Vilas skied Rankin and wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose took a simple catch.

Ryan MacLaren (24, 60 balls) helped Chanderpaul add 68, then Keith Barker struck twice in four balls, having McLaren caught behind and trapping Jordan Clark lbw. The left-armer then struck again with a big inswinger to remove Stephen Parry lbw.

Still there was the implacable Chanderpaul and he added another 40 with Tom Bailey before Panayi returned to bowl Bailey and trap James Anderson first ball to finish with three for 41 and leave himself on a hat-trick in the second innings.

Faced with 13 overs in reply before the close, Warwickshire lost Porterfield, lbw to Anderson, in the fifth over, before closing on 23 for one.

 

 
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