Shivnarine Chanderpaul's blitz helps Derbyshire to victory in Friends Life T20

Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 87 from 70 deliveries for Derbyshire © Getty Images

Derby (England): Jul 3, 2013

West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit a superb unbeaten half-century to lead Derbyshire to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Lancashire in the Friends Life T20 tournament on Tuesday.

Chanderpaul scored 87 off 70 balls and shared in two half-century partnerships as Derbyshire enjoyed their best ever start to a Twenty20 campaign.

He shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 58 off 33 balls with South Africa’s Albie Morkel and took Derbyshire past Lancashire’s total of 151 with three balls to spare to put the Falcons top of the North Group with three wins.

Chanderpaul, who equaled his highest T20 score, and Wes Durston, helped revive the Derbyshire innings after a slump by putting on 50 from 35 balls before Durston was bowled for 20 of 12 balls.

Derbyshire were four runs ahead of the rate at 90 for two when the umpires took the players off in the 13th over because of rain.

However, when the players returned 10 minutes later, Wayne Madsen was removed for 23. With 52 needed off 30 balls, Lancashire were back in it but Chanderpaul swept and pulled Stephen Parry for two fours and a six in the 16th over and finished in style by driving fast bowler Kabir Ali for two fours.