Mark Chilton and Paul Horton both hit unbeaten centuries as Lancashire clinched their third Trophy win on the bounce, an eight-wicket success against the Derbyshire Phantoms at Old Trafford today.
The pair shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 202, a Red Rose record for the third wicket in this competition.
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Horton, who became only the fourth Lancashire player to record successive one-day hundreds, finished on 111 not out, while Chilton was unbeaten on 101. Lancashire, chasing 241, won with 21 balls to spare.
“It was a great way to finish,” said Chilton, who had hit 56 not out in Lancashire’s County Championship draw against Nottinghamshire. “A hundred just wasn’t on my mind at all really. I was focused on trying to get over the line. It was nice to bring it up with a six.”
Horton became only the fourth Lancashire player to record successive one-day centuries, joining Neil Fairbrother, Mike Atherton and Jason Gallian, while Chilton confirmed three figures for the first time in one-day cricket for almost five years.
“I have been given a lot of confidence from the captain and coach, and it’s nice that have gone well right from the off,” continued Chilton, who was playing second team cricket for a large part of the 2008 season.
“I was in good touch in Melbourne over the winter, and I have started pretty well. Things went my way today, it was just one of those days.”
Derbyshire, who included former Lancashire captain Stuart Law in their side, made 240-6 from their fifty overs after being invited to bat first by Glen Chapple. West Indian Wavell Hinds hit an entertaining 95, which was his highest score for the county, while Law recorded just 18 before being run out by a sharp bit of fielding from Chilton at cover. Steve Stubbings also hit exactly 50.
Sajid Mahmood made a welcome return to the Lancashire line-up after the England Lions beat the West Indies in three days on Saturday. He recorded figures of 2-47 from ten overs. Kyle Hogg, Gary Keedy and Steven Croft all took a wicket, but Chapple was Lancashire’s pick with 1-32 from ten.
Lancashire were wobbling at 39-2 in the 12th over of their reply after the departures of Tom Smith and Ashwell Prince, but Horton and Chilton united in record fashion. Horton brought up his century off 133 balls, and Chilton his off 97 balls.
Chilton reached three figures with a six with a pull off the bowling of Graham Wagg before celebrating in exuberant fashion: “That is about as emotional as I get,” he chuckled.
“I headed one for four first (earlier in the over), so I had a feeling that he was going to pitch it short again. I just went for it, and got enough of it. It was great to see it go over the ropes.”
The Lightning top Group D, and seem to be in pole position for a place in the quarter-finals: “It is still early days for that, but it is the classic cliché of not looking too far ahead and taking every day as it comes,” added Chilton.
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