Chanderpaul, Breese celebrate Durham County Title
CANTERBURY, England – Shivnarine Chanderpaul's phenomenal run of
success continued Saturday when Durham beat Kent by innings and 71
runs to lift the English County Championship Division One title for
the first time.
The left-handed Chanderpaul, who was recently voted the ICC
Cricketer-of-the-Year and also ranked No. 1 in the ICC Test batting
rankings, scored just 20 in the match but watched as seamers Callum
Thorp and England's Steve Harmison ripped apart Kent on the final day
to add another trophy to his cabinet.
Starting the day at 159 for five and requiring a further 116 to avoid
an innings defeat, the hosts collapsed to 204 all out in just 16
With leaders Nottinghamshire crashing to a 203-run defeat to Hampshire
at Trent Bridge and the second placed Somerset falling to an
eight-wicket loss to Lancashire at Taunton, Durham's outright win was
enough to hand them the title.
Thorp, who had claimed all five wickets the previous evening, finished
with a career-best seven for 88 while Harmison took three for 58,
despite a wrist injury.
Earlier on Friday, it was Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Gareth
Breese who set up Durham's win with a superb, unbeaten 121 that
allowed the visitors to post 500 for eight declared in response to
Kent's first innings 225.
Both Breese and Chanderpaul, despite their limited appearances in the
Championship, played crucial roles for Durham in the title capture.
The left-handed Chanderpaul finished with 411 runs from eight matches
while Breese, used predominantly in the shorter form of the game this
season, finished with 184 runs from two matches after scoring a
century and a half-century in his only two innings.