Lancashire’s cricketers boosted their hopes of reaching the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals for the second year running with a resounding six-wicket win over Derbyshire at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Lightning returned to this competition following a break for the Friend’s Life Twenty20 targeting four wins from their last four Group B matches to give them a chance of progressing - and things began well.
After comfortably chasing down 191, they have now won four matches on the bounce in the 40-over format, with former South Africa international Ashwell Prince top-scoring with an unbeaten 80 off 75 balls.
Off-spinner Arron Lilley and ex-England quick Kabir Ali both took four wickets each to help restrict Derbyshire to 190 for nine, although they had been tottering on 92 for six after 25 overs.
They were boosted by career bests of 78 and 40 from captain Wayne Madsen and David Wainwright, who shared 80 in 12.3 overs for the seventh wicket.
Lilley took four for 30 from his first seven overs in this competition, despite debuting at the back end of last season. Ali’s four for 37 from eight were his best figures since August 2007 when playing for Worcestershire.
Lilley was the one who did the early damage with four of the first six wickets, including Alex Hughes and Tom Poynton in the space of three balls in the 25th over, before Ali returned at the death to take two of his wickets in the last over.