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Chanderpaul ton gives Durham edge

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Durham 272, Somerset 174 and 41-0
(Durham 5pts, Somerset 3pts)
1-4 September 2009

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul carves another boundary in his Riverside ton

Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an unbeaten 117 as County Championship leaders Durham built a first-innings lead of 98 against Somerset at the Riverside.

Resuming at 110-3, with Chanderpaul on 49, in response to Somerset's 174, the West Indian Test star helped his side to 272 all out, 98 runs in front.

Somerset then ate into that, reaching 41-0 in their second innings.

But, on a day more than half of which was lost to the weather, first bad light, then rain finally ended play.

With the ball swinging and the pitch also offering some help, Chanderpaul had to use all his experience and skill.

Only Liam Plunkett with 32 and Dale Benkenstein (30) offered any support on a day when batting was never easy.

And Benkenstein did the bulk of the scoring as he and Chanderpaul battled through the first 90 minutes.

The first run of the day did not come until the 20th ball - and only 26 were scored in the first hour.

But Benkenstein's exit, cutting Zander de Bruyn to backward point, sparked a mini-collapse.

Ian Blackwell atoned for his five-wicket haul against his former colleagues the previous day by lasting just two balls with a bat in his hand.

He tried to force both deliveries away off the back foot wide of off stump and, after failing to connect with the first, he edged the second to Craig Kieswetter.

Then Ben Phillips picked up his third wicket when Phil Mustard pushed forward and edged to first slip to depart for two.

From 161-3, Durham had slipped to 166-6, still eight runs adrift.

But Plunkett played some fine back-foot shots and when Arul Suppiah's left-arm spin was introduced, having added only 27 runs before lunch, Chanderpaul wasted no time in moving on to the 50th first-class century of his career.

After a 25-minute break for rain, prior to which the new ball was taken, Durham added 43 runs in eight overs on the resumption.

But, when Plunkett was bowled by an swinger from Charl Willoughby, who finished with 5-56, the last three wickets went down form just five runs.

Suppiah and Marcus Trescothick then survived six overs each from England duo Graham Onions and Steve Harmison before the weather had the final say.

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