Lancashire foil Falcons in T20 Blast

An unbeaten 42 off 37 balls from Jos Buttler helped Lancashire reel in a 153 target to end Derbyshire's winning start in the NatWest T20 Blast at Emirates Old Trafford.

Monday, 17th July 2017, 12:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:43 am
Jos Buttler

The Falcons had won their first two North Group matches but were beaten on the same pitch used for Friday’s Roses tie.

Derbyshire posted 152-8 having elected to bat, and Buttler came in at 56-3 in the seventh over of the chase.

Lancashire’s second win from four was secured with five wickets in hand and nine balls to spare.

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Wayne Madsen top-scored with an inventive 35-ball 52 for the Falcons, while Lancastrian Matt Critchley opened and hit 40 and ex-Red Rose all-rounder Luis Reece added 38.

But the visitors lost six wickets and scored only 41 runs in their last six over.

Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson claimed 3-17 on his limited overs debut, while Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan added 3-28.

Reece shared 60 in 7.1 overs for the second wicket with Critchley and 45 in 5.1 for the third with Madsen as the visitors reached 111-2 after 14.

Lancashire captain Steven Croft employed only two overs of seam in the first 11 as both sides used eight bowlers, a new English record for a T20.

Having struck with his sixth ball to get Critchley caught at deep mid-wicket in the ninth over, Parkinson had Reece caught at long-off in the 15th and bowled Matt Henry in the 17th.

Madsen reached 50 in the last over before edging behind a bouncer from Junaid, who yorked Alex Hughes next ball and had a huge hat-trick shout for lbw against Daryn Smit turned down off the final ball of the innings.

Lancashire’s chase was boosted when Liam Livingstone hit sixes over long-on and straight off overseas duo Henry and Imran Tahir o take the score to 48.

But Derbyshire hit back as Livingstone was the first of four players to fall for 24 as the score slipped to 72-4. Livingstone holed out to long-on to Tahir, who later trapped Croft lbw.

Sandwiched in between, reverse sweeping Arron Lilley fell for a golden duck as Critchley took a stunning diving catch at backward point off Reece’s leg-spin (he normally bowls seam). After Brown holed out to long-on off Hughes for 30, Lancashire reached halfway at 85-4 and still ahead on Duckworth Lewis Stern.

Buttler took few risks but ran particularly well, though Hardus Viljoen had Vilas caught at fine-leg hooking for 20.

The hosts went 7.3 overs without a boundary until the end of the 17th but by then they were 135-5.

Buttler hit only three fours. Ryan McLaren (24 not out) hit the winning runs.

Buttler said: “It was a solid win. We probably could have been a little bit better in the field. On Friday there’s 20,000 people in, and that brings a lot of intensity. I thought we needed to create a bit more intensity for ourselves today.”