Ricky Ponting compiled an exceptional 192 on debut – before a quick-fire half century from Chesney Hughes ensured the four-day fixture with Surrey ended in a draw at the County Ground.
Ponting continued his imperious batting display on the final morning, falling just eight runs short of a double century – hitting 20 fours – as Surrey declared on 553-8 just after lunch, a lead of 101 runs as the visitors sniffed a possible final day victory.
But Hughes, who hit two sixes on his way to an excellent 68, and Billy Godleman remained firm posting 72 for the opening wicket and - despite the fall of two quick wickets after tea - the two Captains shook hands with Derbyshire 63 runs ahead as the entertaining LV= County Championship fixture ended in a draw.
The Derbyshire bowlers started Day 4 well, bowling a tight line to both batsmen, with Mark Footitt twice turning Ponting around with deliveries that bounced sharply on the Australian legend.
Ricky Ponting wowed the County Ground faithful with a century as Derbyshire toiled on Day 3 against Surrey.
But even the Australian legend was upstaged in the LV= County Championship fixture by opening batsman Aaron Harinath who struck a career-best 154 in Surrey’s 362-4.
The visitors trail by 90 runs heading into the final day which commences at 11am tomorrow. They have seven first innings wickets still in hand, including that of Ponting who reached an overnight score of 120 not out.
Surrey began Day 2 on 35-1 following Wayne Madsen’s remarkable dismissal of Rory Burns on the previous evening.
Captain Wayne Madsen produced an excellent batting display – finishing with a season-high 152 – before chipping in with an early run out to leave the LV= County Championship fixture with Surrey nicely poised.
Madsen completed his highest score of the campaign, before a late rear-guard 72 from Richard Johnson – equaling his career best first-class score – guided Derbyshire to a total of 452 in their first innings.
And skipper Madsen was involved again shortly after the restart running out the in-form Rory Burns in the opening over, as Surrey closed Day 2 at the County Ground on 35-1, trailing by 417 runs.
Derbyshire began the second day on 232-2, after a lengthy rain delay meant only 55 overs were possible on Day 1, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 112 and Madsen 92 not out – and the pair quickly continued where they had left off the night before.
Kids can attend this week's four-day fixture with Surrey for FREE! So come down to the County Ground and watch Test legends Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ricky Ponting go head-to-head.
The forecast is for good weather for all three days, with the match concluding on Sunday. Youngsters can enjoy top-class Division One cricket free of charge as we come to the end of the half-term break - and they can cheer on Derbyshire as they aim to secure their first win of the campaign against Surrey.
Young aspiring cricketers can take note and watch world number two Test batsman Chanderpaul and former Australia Captain Ponting ply their trade, as the two Test legends go head-to-head in this crucial LV= County Championship match.
Ashes winner Ponting will spearhead a Surrey line-up that includes England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty and Chris Tremlett, who themselves are also searching for their first victory in the 2013 competition.
Juniors under 16 years of age - who are accompanied by an adult - can attend the next three days free of charge. Gates open at 9.30am and play will start at 11am.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s sensational century – his first for the Club – has put Derbyshire in a strong position after the opening day against Surrey at the County Ground.
The West Indian batsman shared a sublime 203-run partnership with Captain Wayne Madsen, who ended the day unbeaten on a faultless 92, as bad light forced the players off with the hosts on 232-2 – with Chanderpaul 112 not out.
After a lengthy rain delay, play finally got underway at 3.15pm with 63 overs scheduled to be bowled in the day. Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat first, but they got off to a slow start losing the early wicket of Chesney Hughes who was bowled by Chris Tremlett without scoring in the opening over.
Billy Godleman began the counter-attack hitting four quick boundaries to move onto 17 inside the opening 10 overs, but he was removed shortly after by Tim Linley as the opener edged to third slip to reduce the hosts to 29-2.
Hill Dickinson, a highly respected international law firm, will be the official sponsors of the 2013 Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, held at Queen’s Park starting on Sunday 14th July.
The company - with major offices in Sheffield, London, Manchester, Liverpool and overseas – has thrown its support behind the six day festival which includes Friends Life t20 and LV= County Championship fixtures between local rivals Derbyshire and Yorkshire, followed by Derbyshire Falcons v Durham Dynamos on the final Sunday.
The Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket will represent the first time that title sponsorship has been attributed to a commercial partner for the annual event since its return in 2006.
Derbyshire-born Neil Thompson, Partner at Hill Dickinson said: “This is an exciting time to become a partner of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and in particular to be affiliated with an event like the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket. A vision to reinforce the festival as an event for the wider Chesterfield community and the ambitions of the club as a whole, both on and off-the field, make it a perfect fit."
India v Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy tickets are up for grabs at Normanton Road tomorrow (Friday) as Cricket Derbyshire and PAK Foods launch a special Twenty20 tickets offer.
All those that come to PAK Foods on Friday and purchase special offer tickets for Derbyshire’s Friends Life t20 opener versus Lancashire Lightning on Tuesday 2nd July will be entered into the draw for two pairs of India v Pakistan tickets.
The promotion will be launched outside PAK Foods from 10.30am to 4pm on Friday 31st May and Friday 7th June.
The sold out ICC Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston takes place on Saturday 15th June.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships, Ryan Duckett, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with PAK Foods on this valuable initiative.
Alex Hughes could be in line to make his first class debut tomorrow, as the all-rounder has been named in Derbyshire’s 13-man squad for their LV= County Championship fixture against Surrey at the County Ground.
The 21-year-old Academy graduate has featured in Derbyshire’s recent Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Scotland, Durham and Surrey, and he is now set to make his first class debut against Gareth Batty’s side this week.
Batsman Ben Slater, who hit an unbeaten 112 for the Second XI this week against Yorkshire, has also been drafted into the matchday squad for the four-day match.
Surrey’s side will include Australia legend Ricky Ponting who will make his first appearence for the London-based Club at the County Ground.
Supporters should note that Day 1 only of the LV=CC match begins at 12 noon. Days 2, 3 and 4 will all start at 11am.
Derbyshire’s 13-man squad in full is as follows: Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Ben Slater, Alex Hughes, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Peter Burgoyne, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Mark Turner.
Only nine overs were possible as persistent rain forced an early abandonment to Derbyshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture with Surrey at the County Ground.
Surrey reached 100-1 in the reduced overs tie, with Peter Burgoyne claiming the only wicket, before the rain returned as no result was possible.
After a lengthy rain delay, play finally got underway at 7.45pm in a 19 over a side contest, after Derbyshire had won the toss and elected to bowl first under the floodlights at the County Ground.
The visitors got off to a blistering start in the reduced overs match, as Roy (42*) and Davies (50) moved the scores onto 32 without loss.
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