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 aided the red rose county to add 176 to their overnight score to make 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. This ultimately reduced their side’s first-innings deficit to 358 at the midpoint of this Specsavers County Championship first division clash. Yet, it is clear, 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 of 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.
🏏 | 182 runs— County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 15, 2017
🔴 | 328 balls
⏰ | 482 minutes
A heroic effort with the bat from Shiv Chanderpaul pic.twitter.com/RHsVCf3BgT
He and his more expansive seventh-wicket partner, Jordan Clark, continued to make hay on a Surrey shirt-front. Clark battered 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 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.
However, Chanderpaul hobbled on by 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.
Surrey's leading wicket-taker Mark Footitt said: "It's a great batting pitch and with a small boundary one side there's hardly any margin for error. We felt that, despite Chiv's efforts, we did well to keep them under 500.
"It's nice to get another five-for but a lot of it's also down to the other guys maintaining pressure down the other end. "Chiv's frustrating to bowl at and is still a world-class player. He plays the off stump line so well and offers you very opportunity. We may have to come up with some different plans for him second time around."