Lancashire 214-6 v Surrey
The ageless Shivnarine Chanderpaul was joined by Jordan Clark in an unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 92 as Lancashire fought back from early struggles to reach 214 for 6 by tea on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Chanderpaul, the former West Indies batsman and veteran of 164 Tests, will be 43 in August and is now playing county cricket as a Kolpak registration. He is still limpet-like at the crease, however, despite an even more exaggeratedly open stance, and his unbeaten 54 led Lancashire’s recovery from 122 for 6. He was, though, dropped low down at second slip by Scott Borthwick off Tom Curran when he had made 47.
All-rounder Clark, on 60 not out at the interval, was the chief aggressor in the partnership and reached his half-century before Chanderpaul, who had earlier put on 55 for the sixth wicket with Ryan McLaren after a three-wicket spell from Mark Footitt had sent Lancashire sliding to 67 for 5.
The in-form Footitt, who took 6 for 14 in Surrey’s opening round win against Warwickshire, claimed the scalps of Alex Davies (26), new Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone (16) and Dane Vilas (4) in a sustained burst from the Pavilion End that gave him figures of 9-2-29-3 at lunch.
Sam and Tom Curran also took a wicket apiece as Lancashire struggled under leaden skies after opting to bat first, opener Haseeb Hameed going for a second ball duck and Luke Procter falling for 12. McLaren was lbw for 28 to Gareth Batty’s arm ball in the off spinner’s second over.