Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby on 30th May to 2nd June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Following heavy overnight rain, play was delayed until 3.15pm on the first day, but thereafter the weather was dry, with almost continuous sunshine on the last three days so the match could continue until after 5pm on the fourth day.
Wayne Madsen won his third toss of the week and then surprised many people by choosing to bat first. Even though Derbyshire lost their openers early, Madsen showed that his decision had been the right one as he and Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted through until the close of play, by which time they had added 203 runs together, remarkably the first time a Derbyshire pair had produced a double-century partnership in 143 matches with Surrey.
This pair continued on the second day until they had added 265 together. Chanderpaul, despite suffering with a heavy cold, had batted beautifully as he timed a succession of drives, straight or through the covers, before he was caught in the gully for 129 from 189 balls. Madsen also reached his hundred and went on to score 152 from 259 balls - yet another good captain’s knock.
Three wickets fell quickly to put Derbyshire on 336 for 6, so it needed some strong resistance from Richard Johnson, playing only his second match of the season, and David Wainwright, who added a vital 59 between them. The 37 runs which Mark Footitt helped Johnson to add for the last wicket also helped Derbyshire to a position from which they could look forward with greater confidence. Johnson was last out for 72, thus equalling his career-best score. Chris Tremlett finished the innings with his fifth wicket, coincidentally his 400th in first-class cricket.
Surrey had a poor start when Burns was run out in the first over by a fine direct hit by Madsen following a chase to the deep. Surrey had reached 35 for one from the sixteen overs they had had to face before the close on the second day. Arun Harinath and Vikram Solanki lasted almost until lunch on the third day before Solanki was very well caught by a diving Billy Godleman at short-leg - 137 for two.
This brought Ricky Ponting, playing his first match for Surrey, to the wicket and he set about building an innings for himself and his new team. He seemed lucky to have survived a couple of lbw decisions, but he went on to reach 120 by the close. Harinath played on to Wainwright for 154 (305 balls), but not before he and Ponting had added a daunting 180 together.
Davies shared a stand of 105 with Ponting before he was well caught on the boundary by Godleman, after which Wilson continued the increase in tempo on the final morning. Ponting (271 balls – 20 fours) was eventually run out by a piece of sharp anticipation and an accurate throw from wicketkeeper Johnson; he had made 192, his 81st first-class century and the highest score ever made by a Surrey player on debut.
Once Surrey had gained a lead above one hundred they declared to set Derbyshire the task of surviving the remaining sixty overs. They needed a solid start, and this was provided by Chesney Hughes and Godleman who put on 76 for the first wicket. When tea was taken at 101 for one, the match seemed likely to fade quietly away, but two wickets in the next three overs caused some anxieties amongst Derbyshire supporters. Fortunately Chanderpaul and Wes Durston proved quite capable of keeping the Surrey bowlers out, and the teams agreed to settle for a draw at 5.08pm with twenty-one overs remaining.
So this battle of two counties yet to record a win in the First Division this season finished in a stalemate, with Surrey marginally better placed than Derbyshire. Surrey are thirteen points ahead of Derbyshire at the foot of the table, while Somerset, also without a win and who have played a game more, are only one point above Surrey.
Derbyshire 452 (132.1 overs) (WL Madsen 152, S Chanderpaul 129, RM Johnson 72, DJ Wainwright 21; CT Tremlett 5 for 95, SC Meaker 3 for 98, TE Linley 2 for 99)
164 for 3 (39 overs) (CF Hughes 68, WJ Durston 29*, BA Godleman 28, S Chanderpaul 22*; CT Tremlett 3 for 38)
Surrey 553 for 8 dec (146 overs) (RT Ponting 192, A Harinath 154, SM Davies 59, GC Wilson 45, VS Solanki 35; DJ Wainwright 3 for 164, WJ Durston 2 for 96)
Match Drawn – Derbyshire (8 points) Surrey (9)
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