Buttler and Brown star in Lightning victory
Jos Buttler overcame a painful blow to his left hand to smash a 20 ball half century as holders Lancashire Lightning boosted their NatWest T20 Blast qualification hopes with a seven wicket win over Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.
The England player continued the form which had brought him an unbeaten 73 in the T20I against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday as the Lightning made light work of a 199 target and triumphed with 11 balls to spare.
Buttler, overlooked for the first Test against Pakistan next week, had required treatment when keeping wicket after being dealt a sharp blow by a bottom edge from Worcestershire batsman Ben Cox standing up to Luis Reece in the 17th over.
Ashley Giles speaking on Jos Buttler's injury said, "We’ll get it x-rayed and see where he is. It’s not ideal. I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a nasty knock. Once we get it x-rayed, we’ll know.
“He played beautifully. To strike some of those balls that he did there, there’s not many, if any, in world cricket who can do that.
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