Alviro Petersen and Luke Procter shared a record century partnership at Blackpool today before rain had the final say, halting proceedings at 1pm with Lancashire on 157-1 and eventually forcing this Royal London One-Day Cup game to abandoned at 4.20pm Both sides take one point apiece.
Lancashire were unchanged from their previous 50-over outing at Northampton and found the early going difficult after being put in to bat losing Tom Smith, bowled for a duck by Harry Gurney, with just 6 runs on the scoreboard in the 5th over.
Gurney and Luke Fletcher bowled searching opening spells with runs at a premium, and the first boundary of the day did not arrive until the 7th over when Luke Procter cut Gurney to third man.
Two further Procter boundaries off the same bowler in the 9th over helped Lancashire arrive at the end of the 10 over powerplay on 36-1.
Alviro Petersen drove Jake Ball beautifully through the covers for his first four in the 11th over but accurate bowling from Jake Ball and Fletcher on a wicket offering some assistance meant the Red Rose pair had to bat carefully during the initial stages of their innings.
Procter broke the shackles by hitting Fletcher for six over long-on to bring up the 50 partnership off 67 balls in the 16th over, and Lancashire had reached 84-1 after 20 overs, with Procter and Petersen starting to pick up the pace.
Petersen drove consecutive Dan Christian deliveries for four to steer Lancashire to 100-1 in the 22nd over with the South African arriving at his half century shortly afterwards from 69 balls.
Luke Procter reached his fourth one-day half century moments later from 68 balls to help the Red Rose to 115-1 at the halfway stage, and the pair had fought back well to lay a good platform from which to attack over the second half of the innings.
Unfortunately rain arrived to halt proceedings at 1pm, with Lancashire on 157-1 after 33 overs and both Petersen (73) and Procter (63) going well.
The pair had set a new Blackpool one-day record for any wicket with their unbroken partnership of 151 from 28.4 overs, beating the previous record of 146 between David Lloyd and Farokh Engineer against Sussex in 1976.
Lancashire’s attention now turns to Wednesday’s Royal London Cup match against Yorkshire in the Royal London Cup match at Emirates Old Trafford (2pm start).