Lancashire went down by 17 runs in their Friends Provident t20 match against Yorkshire at Headingley after being bowled out for 138 in response to the home side's 155-6.
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The Lightning had restricted the White Rose to 104-5 midway through the 15th over, and were looking well placed before Anthony McGrath, who hit a career best unbeaten 73 off 50 balls, underpinned a change around in his side’s fortunes as Yorkshire scored 52 from the last five overs.
Tom Smith was the pick of the bowling with 2-13 from three overs, while left-arm spinner Stephen Parry also added 2-32 from four.
Paul Horton top scored with 30 (off 22 balls), who were undone by Adil Rashid’s 2-22 and Steve Patterson’s career best 4-30 from his four overs.
Aftrwards Head Coach Peter Moores said: “It’s disappointing because we wanted to win in front of a big crowd. It was a chance to put right a couple of defeats we’ve had, but we’ve got to take it on the chin and move on.”
South African overseas batsman Herschelle Gibbs was the first to go in the second over for a duck, when he was caught and bowled by Smith with his first ball.
Sajid Mahmood then clean bowled Jacques Rudolph with a slower ball for only eight to leave Yorkshire wobbling at 27-2. Captain Gale led a mini fight-back, but by the time he was out for 34 to Parry, the score had been moved to 60.
And when the left-arm spinner removed wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy for four, the hosts were on the ropes. However, McGrath then accelerated to make it a contest with Mahmood and Glen Chapple taking much of the punishment.
New Zealander Nathan McCullum bowled a tidy spell of 0-19 from his allocation, but had bowled out by the time McGrath really put his foot to the floor.
Lancashire were well placed in their chase at 46-1 in the seventh over, but Horton’s departure proved to be the beginning of the end for the visitors. Smith had already been bowled by Patterson in the second, but Horton ran himself out – Gibbs the beneficiary.
Rashid then had Moore caught by a diving Best at mid-wicket in the tenth and Simon Katich caught and bowled in the 12th. When McCullum holed out to a diving Rich Pyrah – he also added two late wickets of Steven Croft and Mahmood – at mid wicket, leaving the score at 89-5 in the 15th, the game was slipping away quickly.
Patterson struck with three wickets in five balls in the 18th over, those of Gareth Cross, Mark Chilton and Chapple all caught in the deep hitting out as the required rate soared.
Lancashire will look to get back to winning ways in the North Division when they entertain Warwickshire Bears at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Graham Hardcastle at Headingley
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