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Parkinson shines as Lancashire win semi-final

Parkinson shines as Lancashire win semi-final

Matthew Parkinson (4/17) played a starring role as Lancashire Second XI beat Kent by 11 runs (D/L) in a rain affected One-Day Trophy match at Beckenham.

Kent won the toss and elected to bowl first in a game that was reduced to 33 overs and then 22 overs due to rain.

Lancashire made a positive start with Luis Reece (36) and Karl Brown (41) putting on 74 for the opening wicket.

Rob Jones (27) came in at three after Reece was dismissed by spinner Adam Riley and played positively before Brown was dismissed by the same bowler with the visitors on 96/2.

Guest fell cheaply before late cameo innings from Josh Bohannon (13) and Danny Lamb (16*) helped Lancashire to 156/5, but with DL, Kent were set a target of 176 to win off 22 overs.

Kent got themselves off to a flier with Jackson (58) striking early boundaries but Captain Stephen Parry brought himself into the attack and took the opening wicket of Crawley with Kent 31/1.

The home side were going along nicely before Matthew Parkinson was introduced and produced a brilliant spell of bowling. Kent were 74/1 in the 10th over and looking comfortable before the Lancashire spinner took the quick wickets of Dickson and Jackson, and then Freddie Coleman and Alex Blake with Kent on 117/5.

Stephen Parry took his second wicket before Tom Bailey dismissed Haggert (9) as Kent finished their 22 overs on 164/7 with Lancashire winning by 11 runs (D/L).

Lancashire will take on Somerset in the final on Thursday. Venue and times are to be confirmed in due course.

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