Peter Moores selected a young Lightning side for the Club's latest match on their tour of Barbados and they didn't disappoint, downing Derbyshire by six wickets at the Weymouth ground to set up a final with Essex Eagles today.
Derbyshire had got themselves off to a flyer after stand-in Red Rose skipper Mark Chilton had opted to field first, with openers Wayne Madsen and Paul Borrington sharing 101 for the first wicket.
But, with Borrington (44) bowled by the medium pace of Luke Procter, the Falcons lost their opening seven wickets for 63 runs in just short of 14 overs.
South African Madsen top scored with 59, but spin duo Simon Kerrigan (3-31 from eight) and Steven Croft claimed five wickets between them as the Peakites were bowled out for 217 in the 40th over of the innings.
The medium pace of Procter also accounted for Garry Park before Kerrigan got rid of Greg Smith, Chesney Hughes and Graham Wagg. Croft returned figures of 2-33 from six, including a fine caught and bowled effort to send back Dan Redfern. Steven Cheetham also claimed two late wickets.
Derbyshire could have been defending a lot less had Lee Goddard and ex-Lancs loan bowler Tom Lungley not shared a late partnership of 31.
Despite spin being hard to get away with a competitive total on the board, Derbyshire rarely looked like defending 218 thanks to a match turning opening partnership of 118 between Paul Horton and Karl Brown.
Horton, who showed glimpses of his power-hitting during the weekend’s Twenty20 competition, crashed 67 off 54 balls and Brown 40 off 55 before the latter was the first wicket to go to a sharp Park return catch.
Horton holed out to Lungley at long-on off the spin bowling of Smith before Adrian Shankar and Chilton hit 18 and 29 respectively to keep the scoreboard moving. Wicketkeeper Gareth Cross completed the formalities with an entertaining 38 not out off 43 balls.
Lancashire, without Glen Chapple, Stephen Moore, Sajid Mahmood, Tom Smith, Kyle Hogg, Luke Sutton, Gary Keedy and Stephen Parry, won with 21 balls to spare.
Red Rose head coach Peter Moores said: “We’re moving on quickly as a squad. I think we were competitive last year, and I expect us to be very competitive this year. We’ll be a tough team to beat.”
“We’re playing an aggressive brand of cricket, and we’ve got good confidence.
“We’ve only been here a week, but it already feels like we’ve done a couple. We’ve got some emerging players who are learning very quickly. We’ve hit our straps early.”
Lancashire have won through to play the Eagles in the 40-over final at the 3 Ws ground at Cave Hill today. Essex beat Yorkshire in the other semi.
Graham Hardcastle reporting from Barbados
Photos: Simon Pendrigh
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