Lancashire suffer big Roses defeat in Royal London Cup
Lancashire slumped to an astonishing 242-run defeat in tonight’s Royal London One-Day cup match against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford-their highest ever defeat by runs in one-day cricket.
Chasing what turned out to be a notional Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 327 runs from 47 overs, Lancashire fell from 53-1 to 84 all out at the hands of David Willey (3-44) and Karl Carver (3-5) losing their last nine wickets for just 31 runs in 11.4 overs.
While the Yorkshire bowlers will revel in the acclaim for their performance, it was an outstanding innings by Adam Lyth that was also instrumental in steering the White Rose to their highest-ever winning margin in one-day cricket.
The Yorkshire opener hit his second century in two days, and a career-best 136, to lead the visitors to their highest-ever one-day total against Lancashire of 325-7.
The visitors made an explosive start after winning the toss with Lyth smashing 43 off 18 balls, including three sixes, as the Vikings plundered 61 from the first 6 overs. Opening partner Alex Lees chipped in 15 before rain took the players off the pitch for 30 minutes.
When play restarted, with the game reduced to 47 overs per side, it was Lees who quickly departed for 20 after mistiming an attempted pull to give Jordan Clark a straightforward catch off his own bowling with the score 65-1 in the 8th over.
Yorkshire reached the end of the first 10 over powerplay on 76-1 with Lyth reaching his half century from just 28 balls and the left hander powered the Vikings past one hundred in the 13th over and hit two further sixes in reaching his third one-day century from 64 balls, his second in two days after scoring 125 against Northants yesterday.
It was an impressive and commanding innings from Lyth who struck the ball with great authority, none more so than the six that went straight and high on to the Lancashire dressing room balcony in the 22nd over to bring up the hundred partnership with Kane Williamson off 86 balls.
New Zealander Williamson had provided great support to Lyth in making 40 from 45 balls, hitting only one four, but he was then brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Luke Procter at mid-wicket to leave Yorkshire on 176-2 midway through the 24th over.
Procter was not so fortunate when Lyth was missed on 121 off his first delivery at the start of the 29th over, Alviro Petersen valiantly attempting in vain to hang on to a catch as he fell over the ropes.
The miss did not prove too costly as Lyth perished for 136 when he drove Liam Livingstone deep to long off where Karl Brown took the catch to leave Yorkshire on 218-3 in the 31st over. Lyth’s innings was also the highest by a Yorkshire batsman against Lancashire in one-day cricket.
Lancashire fought back to claim four wickets for 35 runs in 48 balls and briefly put the brakes on the scoring.
It was Livingstone who did the damage with two further wickets, Gary Ballance top edging a cut to Saqib Mahmood at gully for 34 and Adil Rashid hitting a full toss to Nathan Buck at mid-on after making 13.
David Willey hit two big sixes over mid-wicket in making a run-a-ball 21 before he was bowled by Stephen Parry and Tim Bresnan made 10 before gloving an attempted pull off Buck that was caught by Jos Buttler to leave the visitors on 285-7 at the start of the 44th over.
Liam Plunkett with an unbeaten 25 off 20 balls and Andy Hodd (13 not out) added a further 40 runs from the remaining 23 balls to steer Yorkshire to 325-7 from their allotted 47 overs.
Chasing an DLS adjusted target of 327 to win, Lancashire lost Petersen for 6 when the opening batsman edged an attempted pull to a slow bouncer from Bresnan to wicketkeeper Hodd.
By then 39 runs were on the board thanks to an explosive start from Martin Guptill, with the New Zealander hammering three sixes and 4 fours in making 45 from 25 balls. He had hit Willey for consecutive sixes before the bowler extracted revenge by knocking out the middle stump with the next delivery to leave Lancashire on 53-2 after 7 overs.
What happened next stunned the Lancashire supporters in the crowd, as wickets tumbled with five falling for 4 runs in 16 balls.
Karl Brown was caught at extra cover by Lees from the bowling of Bresnan for 7, Jos Buttler edged his third ball from Willey behind to Hodd for a duck, Steven Croft cut the next ball from Willey to Williamson at point, Livingstone got a good ball from Rashid to be bowled for 6 and Procter then drove the next delivery-Karl Carver’s first ball-to Lees at mid-wicket to depart for 1 to leave a shell-shocked Lancashire on 68-7.
The end came swiftly as Clark was bowled by Carver for 4, Parry stumped by Hodd off Carver for 9 and Buck bowled by Rashid for 0 as Lancashire were all out for 84 in 17.3 overs.
The 242 run defeat was Lancashire’s worst ever one-day defeat in terms of runs, and also Yorkshire’s highest winning margin in List A one-day cricket.
Afterwards Ashley Giles pulled no punches in his assessment.
“It was poor cricket from start to finish,” he said. “From a bat, ball, fielding and coaching perspective. If we lose like that we’ve all got to be accountable for it.
“It was bitterly disappointing,” he added, “and there are no excuses. We played bad cricket.”
Asked if he thought Yorkshire got too many runs, his reply was emphatic and short. “Definitely.”
He expanded: “I don’t think we bowled particularly well, although I thought (Adam) Lyth played well to his credit.
“I don’t think we bowled enough balls in the right place.
Looking at the Lancashire run chase he said: “we had to go at a good rate all the way through, and we knew that the first ten overs were going to be the easiest time to score.
“We thought it would get harder as the ball got softer, but to not get anywhere near it (the target) and the manner in which we got out, even if you are chasing a score like that, we’ve got to show a bit more application and play some better shots.
“From start to finish, it was not good enough.
“I do think we are in danger of thinking we are a better side than we are in one-day cricket, but the results are showing we’re not.
“We got away with it a little bit last year in the T20, and we nearly qualified in this competition last year at the last minute. But we are making the same mistakes again.
“Every time you go out to play and wear that Lancashire shirt, you’ve got to play better than that.
“Ultimately you can be as emotional about it (today’s defeat) as you want, and I’m sure the supporters will be. I can assure them we are (as upset).
Lancashire are back in action tomorrow night in the NatWest T20 Blast and Giles believes having a game straight away is beneficial.
“I think it’s better that way,” he said.
“Tomorrow is another ‘must-win’ game, and we’ve got to play a lot better.”
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