Red Rose nightmare for Mahmood

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Sajid Mahmood had a night to forget as Lancashire lost their Friends Life t20 opener to Derbyshire via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

In a match played in steady rain under the County Ground floodlights, the former England paceman (inset) went for 42 off 15 balls and 17 off his last three as the Falcons reached 118-5 before play was stopped in the 12th over.

They were adjudged to be 17 ahead of the required rate after Lancashire had earlier made 168-6, Blackpool’s Steven Croft hitting three sixes in a top score of 46.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s four overs for the Falcons cost 56, the second-most -expensive spell by a Derbyshire bowler in t20 cricket, before he redeemed himself with the bat with a timely 19.

Rana’s reputation as one of the competition’s top bowlers was dented as Stephen Moore despatched him for two sixes in a first over which cost 21. When the Pakistani returned ten overs later, Croft pulled him for two more.

In between the assault on all-rounder Rana, Derbyshire bowled well in the blustery conditions as Tim Groenewald had Moore caught behind for 34 from 21 balls in the sixth over.

Karl Brown made 27 off 25 balls, being dropped twice before the former Fleetwood all-rounder Chesney Hughes took a fierce return catch, and with David Wainwright also bowling his left-arm spin tightly Lancashire could not break free.

Gareth Cross pulled Mark Turner for six but was run out by a smart piece of fielding by Rana off his own bowling and Croft missed out on his 50 when he chipped Turner to mid- off in the penultimate over.

With the rain falling, Derbyshire needed quick runs and Wes Durston gave them just the start they needed with 31 from 16 balls before he sliced the expensive Mahmood to point.

Lancashire were back in it when Derbyshire slipped from 74-2 to 82-5 in three overs, but the game was decided when Mahmood returned to the attack in the 12th over.

Rana cut his first ball for four before the former England paceman conceded six wides and a no ball.

And 17 had come from three legitimate balls when the umpires took the players off because the rain was too heavy.