Livingstone and Jarvis star in Lancashire win
Liam Livingstone hit 98 and Kyle Jarvis took four wickets as Lancashire kept their Royal London one-day Cup hopes alive with a 27-run victory over Derbyshire at the County Ground.
Lancashire defended 282 to end a three-game losing streak and win for the second time in six as they fought hard with bat and ball.
England Lions man Livingstone hit a run-a-ball 98 and captain Steven Croft 68 before the hosts slipped from 177-2 in reply, with Jarvis impressing for 4-31 from 10 overs. They were both career best efforts, with the hosts finishing on 254-9, including 91 for opener Billy Godleman.
Lancashire must now win their last two matches to have any hope of a quarter-final place, starting against Worcestershire at New Road on Sunday.
Red Rose cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said: “From almost ball one, we played much more like we’re capable of.
“In the field particularly, there was much more intensity and buzzing around. You then earn the right to get into those positions at the end of the game where you’re vying for the match. There no shortage of skill either. I thought the way we bowled very good.
“I’m very pleased because the team’s taken a fair amount of flak, and deservedly so, but that’s how we should play our cricket all of the time.”
Livingstone and Croft underpinned Lancashire’s effort with a fourth-wicket partnership of 133 in 22 overs, recovering from 74-3.
Lancashire had lost Alviro Petersen and Karl Brown to Ben Cotton, both lbw, before Tom Smith ran himself out for 32 in the 19th over. But Livingstone and Croft got the innings back on track, so much so that at one stage 300 looked a distinct possibility.
They hit three sixes apiece, with Livingstone reaching a 54-ball fifty with one of them over long-off against Shiv Thakor in the 26th over. Croft later reached his fifty off 57 balls.
Unfortunately, Livingstone fell short of his maiden one-day hundred when he was trapped lbw by the medium pace of Alex Hughes as the score fell to 207-4 in the 41st.
And from there, despite a 49-run stand between Luke Procter and Jordan Clark, who made 27 and 29 respectively, Lancashire’s chances of 300 were all but gone.
Croft holed out to deep mid-wicket sweeping at Preston-born leg-spinner Matt Critchley before Procter was caught behind off Thakor. Clark, who hit a big six onto the pavilion roof at deep mid-wicket, also holed out in the same area off Thakor before Tom Moores chipped Cotton into the covers. The visitors then struck first with the ball when excellent Jarvis clipped the top of Ben Slater’s middle stump, leaving the score at 35-1 in the seventh.
Godleman and New Zealand overseas batsman Hamish Rutherford, a thorn in Lancashire’s side in T20 cricket this year, then added a 79-stand inside 16 overs for the second wicket to put the hosts in front.
Rutherford made 47 having been dropped on 29, a tough chance to Saqib Mahmood running around from short fine-leg.
But Mahmood clung on at backward point in Stephen Parry’s first over, the 22nd, as the hosts fell to 114-2. Godleman, who had hit Clark for two sixes in three balls in the 17th over, reached his fifty off 49 balls shortly afterwards.
Godleman shared 63 inside 14 overs with Wayne Madsen, who had earlier taken on locum wicketkeeping duties following a fractured thumb suffered by Harvey Hosein.
They had advanced the score to 177-2 in the 36th by the time Madsen mistimed Parry to deep mid-wicket, where Livingstone took an excellent diving catch on the run.
At that stage, Derbyshire needed 105 more from 14.3 overs. But they were pegged back when Croft picked up the big wicket of Godleman, bowled, as the score slipped to 180-4 in the 37th.
The home task became 84 off the last 10 overs at 198-4 before Jarvis bowled Shiv Thakor in the 41st, the game now swinging Lancashire’s way.
That view was strengthened when Clark bowled Wes Durston to leave the score at 213-6 in the 43rd over, with only one boundary coming between the fall of the third and sixth wickets.
Clark then had Alex Hughes caught at third-man before, in the 47th, Jarvis picked up his third wicket by bowling Tony Palladino - 237-8.
His fourth, Critchley caught at mid-off, came four balls later and Derbyshire failed to get 36 off the last over. Clark and Parry both impressed for two wickets apiece.
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