Chanderpaul breaks slump with superb century

LEEDS, England, CMC – Shiv Chanderpaul stroked a wonderful, unbeaten century yesterday, to put Warwickshire in charge of their County Championship match against Yorkshire, and end his slump since arriving at the club.

Shiv Chanderpaul

The veteran West Indies left-hander finished the second day at Headingley on 167 as Warwickshire compiled 340 for six in reply to the hosts’ 297 all out.

With just 18 runs from his previous three outings, Chanderpaul turned the tide to lash 22 fours, in an innings lasting a shade under six hours and requiring 247 balls.

The century was Chanderpaul’s 57th first class century and ninth in County cricket, having scored six for Durham and two last year for Lancashire.

Entering the fray with Warwickshire in a spot of bother at five for two in the day’s fifth over, Chanderpaul carved out a chanceless knock to hold the innings together and steer the visitors to a precious 43-run lead.

He put on 68 for the fourth wicket with wicketkeeper Jim Troughton (27) before battering Yorkshire in a 111-run, fifth wicket stand with Tim Ambrose who stroked 66 from 81 balls.

When Ambrose and Darren Maddy (12) fell to leave Warwickshire on 264 for six, Chanderpaul inflicted even more pain on Yorkshire in an unbroken 76-run, seventh wicket stand with Keith Barker (33 not out).

Chanderpaul reached three figures off 156 deliveries when he pulled medium pacer Rich Pyrah for his 15th boundary and cruised to 150 by cutting left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom for another boundary.

At Northampton, former West Indies seamer Corey Collymore snatched three wickets as Middlesex dismissed the hosts for 276.

The right-armer finished with three for 55 to restrict Northamptonshire after they resumed the second day on 145 for three.

At the close, Middlesex were 149 for three.

At the Rose Bowl, West Indies speedster Kemar Roach made a tame debut for Worcestershire, taking one for 55 as Hampshire were bowled out for 179.

In reply, Worcestershire cruised to 112 for one at the close.

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