Shiv makes most of his 2nd chance
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND - Out fourth ball for one was not exactly the start anyone had in mind for Shivnarine Chanderpaul's first innings as a Derbyshire player.
But when the umpire raised his finger to an lbw appeal from Jake Ball, that was what happened yesterday in the pre-season match against Nottinghamshire.
With the Championship opener against Warwickshire less than two days away, that was not the preparation he needed. Even a player of the highest quality appreciates the chance to adjust to different conditions.
And so, because this was a pre-season fixture, the decision was taken that Chanderpaul should go out to bat again after lunch.
When Richard Johnson retired out at 131-6, the West Indian returned, with his distinctive front-on stance and habit of hammering a bail into the ground to make his mark at the crease.
This time, Chanderpaul stayed for much longer, as he went on to 31 not out off 52 balls.
In the final over, he signed off with a flourish by hitting sixes off the first, second and fourth balls of young off-spinner Sam Wood's bowling.