County Championship round-up: Shivnarine Chanderpaul is cornerstone of opening-day recovery by Derbyshire

Performance of the day

Derbyshire's wisdom in making the West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul their major winter signing could not have been shown more amply as the left-hander provided the cornerstone of an opening-day recovery against neighbours Nottinghamshire at Derby.

The 38-year-old, who is as famous for his patience and obstinacy at the crease as his crabby stance, passed the milestone of 22,000 first-class runs and would probably have supplemented that with his 67th first-class century had he not run out of partners, which might be a recurrent theme of his latest spell in county cricket.

Nevertheless, from 75 for 6, Derbyshire's 256 all out made the First Division newcomers feel a lot better about themselves than they had after Middlesex skittled them for 60 at Lord's last week.

Batsman of the day

Gary Wilson, Surrey's reserve wicketkeeper, has established himself in international cricket with Ireland, but has had to be patient in his wait for opportunities with his county.

One came along and he grabbed it enthusiastically, rewarding Surrey for keeping him at The Oval for a further year by making 124 against Sussex, his second first-class century and just one run short of his career-best, which came against Leicestershire in 2010. After new Surrey skipper Graeme Smith suffered another cheap dismissal, making just three, it was a timely moment too for a substantial contribution.

Bowler of the day

David Willey, son of the former England batsman Peter, clearly had the benefit of a respected name when he set himself on a career in cricket, but his advance in the game is entirely on merit.

An aggressive fast bowler and highly capable lower-order batsman, the tall, blond-haired David took eight wickets and made 76 against Essex last week and looked in fine fettle again, taking 4 for 71 as Northamptonshire dismissed Gloucestershire for 192.


Stuart Broad's four wickets at Derby slightly obscured what could be a serious blow to his county Nottinghamshire's title ambitions when Andre Adams, who has led their attack with distinction with 189 wickets in the last three seasons, limped off after failing to complete his eighth over. The 37-year-old New Zealander suffered a recurrence of the calf injury that ended his 2012 campaign early and his powers of recovery are not what they were.

A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Dinosaurs Unleashed at the Eden Project
Arts and Entertainment
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home