Chanderpaul continues good form with 56 for Lancashire

West Indies batting stalwart Shiv Chanderpaul made the 97th half-century of his first-class career as he tried to prop up Lancashire's batting on the opening day of their four-day match against Somerset in the English County Championship. The 36-year-old topscored with 56 as Lancs were bowled out for 259 in 83 overs at the County Ground in Taunton. In reply the home side reached 54-1 at the close, with Marcus Trescothick falling to off-spinner Keedy for 33.

Chandepaul faced 78 balls and hit eight boundaries – to record back-to-back fifties following his match-winning knock late last week against Hampshire. He moved to his half-century in typically stubborn manner off 72 balls, with seven fours. But he then departed in totally uncharacteristic fashion, top-edging a reverse sweep off Murali Kartik to Trescothick at slip. When he was dismissed Lancashire were in deep trouble but the last two wickets added 90 to boost the total to 259. Gary Keedy made 34 and Sajid Mahmood 29.

Chanderpaul, the former Guyana and West Indies captain, has been having a brilliant season and the innings took him to 678 runs in just his eighth match this season. He is also approaching 19 000 career runs.