Shivnarine Chanderpaul's century puts Ricky Ponting's return in the shade

Derbyshire 232-2 v Surrey

the County Ground, Derby

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has made 1649 runs against Australia in Test cricket, a good many of them witnessed at first hand by Ricky Ponting, including four of five hundreds. So it was a familiar sight that greeted the former captain of the Baggy Green as he donned the brown cap of Surrey for the first time in the County Championship.

As if determined not to be upstaged, Guyana's finest chose the moment of Ponting's return to the spotlight in England to compile an innings of supreme quality, guiding Derbyshire to a strong position with an unbeaten 112 after a soggy outfield delayed the start by more than three hours.

Chanderpaul's first century for Derbyshire is his 10th in Championship cricket, for four different counties. He is a tough act to emulate, even for a batsman of Ponting's pedigree.

The conditions were a legacy of the rain that washed out Ponting's proposed debut in a 40-over match on Wednesday. This time it was Wayne Madsen who consigned him to wait a little longer to test his own form with the bat, choosing to bat first after winning the toss for the first time this season in the Championship.

Madsen shared a partnership with Chanderpaul that was Derbyshire's highest for any wicket against Surrey, whose cricket continues to be plagued by a lack of consistency. In their last Championship action, against Nottinghamshire, their bowlers looked at least close to it, even though the match was lost; this time, albeit in less helpful conditions, they were consistent only in the rate at which they leaked runs.

Chanderpaul's mission with a Derbyshire side destined to struggle with the step up from Division Two has been largely to make himself difficult to dislodge, at which he is peerless. But he has in his locker too the ability to move the score along quickly, through clever shot placement and a willingness to scamper singles. Among his 28 Test hundreds is one against Australia on his home ground in Georgetown that famously came off only 69 balls – Ponting saw that one, too – and while that number was never threatened, this one was brisk by his more recent standards, coming off 116 balls.

It contained 13 fours, most the result of effortless timing off the front and back foot, five of them in the space of two overs off Chris Tremlett, who was back in the side after England called up Jade Dernbach as one-day cover for Tim Bresnan.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice