Paul Horton hit his maiden one-day century to help Lancashire to their second Friends Provident Trophy win of the season, a five-wicket success over Northants at Wantage Road.
The 26 year-old, who had notched a hundred against Sussex in the pre-season Pro ARCH Trophy in Abu Dhabi, helped the Lightning to chase down 241 after Sajid Mahmood had earlier claimed 3-38 from nine overs. Horton reached his century off 107 balls, but was dismissed by Lee Daggett the very next ball for exactly 100. [Scorecard]
“I was a little bit disappointed to get out because I wanted to be there at the end with a not out to see us home, but it is just nice to a hundred in a real game,” he said. “I am just enjoying the opportunity to play and feel part of team. I can go out, express myself, and score runs for Lancashire. That is all I have ever wanted to do.”
A 93-ball 81 from former South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall was the mainstay of Northants’ 240 all out inside 48 overs. Tom Smith also finished with 3-52 from 8.1 overs, but left-arm spinner Gary Keedy was the standout bowler with an impressive analysis of 1-31 from his allocation.
Hall, along with 28 apiece for Rob White and Nicky Boje, fired the hosts to a rapid start which amounted to them being 115-2 in the 18th over of their innings.
At this stage Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple may have been rueing his decision to field first after winning the toss - but Keedy put the brakes on the innings with his tidy spell, including the wicket of Niall O’Brien caught behind on the sweep by Luke Sutton.
“They flew out of the blocks and took us a little bit by surprise,” continued Horton. “But Saj bowled really well to get us back in the game. Keeds was fantastic because he created pressure at the other end with his ten overs. We thought that 240 was slightly under par.”
Kyle Hogg claimed 2-54 from his allocation of ten overs – he got Stephen Peters with his first ball of the match, and later the big wicket of Hall.
Hall clobbered eleven boundaries. He was particularly strong square on the off-side before he was well caught by Mark Chilton low down at short cover in the 32nd over.
Riki Wessels hit 45 off 51 balls, including a big six over mid-wicket off Smith, but Mahmood stormed back to pick up the wickets of David Willey, Wessels and David Lucas, all in the batting powerplay period taken by the hosts at the 40-over mark.
Smith, who had earlier got White, returned to have Monty Panesar caught by Ashwell Prince - and former Lancs all-rounder Steven Crook was bowled to complete the innings.
He then opened the Lightning’s reply, hitting 28 off 30 balls before he was adjudged lbw with the score at 59-1 in the tenth over. And the very next ball, Ashwell Prince was caught by Peters at second slip off the same bowler.
Horton and Mark Chilton (41) then shared a third wicket partnership of 120 in just north of 25 overs before the pair fell in consecutive overs. Steven Croft (35 not out) and Francois du Plessis (24 not out) then shared an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 59.
“We are a nice camp at the moment because we have got off to a good start. If we can carry it on, it should hopefully be a good summer for us,” added Horton.
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