Lancashire Second XI beat Northamptonshire comfortably in both T20 fixtures at Westhoughton Cricket Club yesterday by 50 and 70 runs respectively.
Having won their last T20 game against Derbyshire, which was a double header, by 6 wickets and then by 32 runs in the second game, thanks to an impressive bowling display by 19-year old Saqib Mahmood, who came away with figures of 3/19 and an equally impressive bowling figures of 4/23 by Danny Lamb in the second match of the double header.
Lancashire were hoping to carry on the momentum into their next fixture against old rose rivals Yorkshire, but were halted by the weather as the game was abandoned after just nine overs as the hosts found themselves 60/2 after Saqib Mahmood claimed both of the wickets, continuing his good form with the ball.
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bowl. Lancashire didn’t get off to the start that they were after, instead finding themselves with a wicket down inside the first over after opener Luis Reece fell for just two runs.
Incoming Left-hander Calum Turner, produced a brilliant display with the blade as he struck 44 off just 39 deliveries to ensure that the Red Rose didn’t fall to an early collapse, before being bowled by former Nottinghamshire slow left-arm bowler Graeme White, who helped restrict Lancashire’s innings to 144-6 off their 20 overs, claiming 3/23 despite a Stephen Parry and Bradley Yates cameo that helped push the total on as they finished on 19* and 14* respectively in as many balls.
Lancashire got off to a great start with the ball after off-spinner Matt Parkinson, removed Northamptonshire opener Henry Munsey, caught with his third ball. It got better for Lancashire and Parkinson, who later removed Munsey’s opening partner Hugo Darby in the third over to leave Northants’ saddled on 8-2.
The wickets continued to tumble as the host’s found themselves 71-8 in the 18th over. Stephen Parry amongst them finishing with figures off 3/13 off his 4 over spell.
Gary Knight and Moin Ashraf put up some resistance however failed to reach within touching distance of the required total as Northamptonshire succumbed to 94-8 off 20 overs.
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