Lancashire Lightning lost a rain-reduced 40-over friendly against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Wdnesday, with Mark Chilton's half century the highlight for the Red Rose team.
Stand-in skipper Chilton hit an unbeaten 64 as Lancashire reached 146-5 from 35 overs before the rain came to end their stay at the crease early.
With no Duckworth-Lewis involved in the calculations under friendly conditions after the game had been reduced by five overs per side, the home side’s target was not boosted. Former Red Rose second team batsman Vishal Tripathi guided his new side to a nine-wicket win with a swashbuckling 81 not out off 114 balls, including ten fours and a six. The win was completed with 20 balls to spare.
“It was a good exercise,” said coach Peter Moores. “They would have been chasing more with Duckworth-Lewis, but it was a good challenge for us to try and defend it.
“All credit to them, they batted very well. Through no lack of effort, we just looked a bit mentally rusty. We just need to sharpen up a bit, but that’s what practice games are there for.”
Chilton has been the Red Rose county’s only ever present in their friendly fixtures both at home and abroad, and he hit six boundaries in an 89-ball innings. The 33 year-old shared a fourth wicket partnership of 69 with Luke Sutton to help recover from 35-3 in the seventh over.
Young pace bowler Jack Brooks (2-20 from five overs) had Karl Brown caught behind by Paul Harrison and bowled Paul Horton (22) to leave the Lightning at 29-2 in the sixth.
The visitors were soon three down when Steven Croft was caught behind off the left-arm seam of David Lucas.
Batting conditions seemed easier when Chilton and Sutton were together, and both were happy employing the sweep against spin duo Nicky Boje and James Middlebrook. But the shot proved to be Sutton’s downfall, providing Boje, the former South Africa slow left-armer, with an lbw.
Horton had flicked Lucas over square leg for an early six, and wicketkeeper Gareth Cross added a maximum over long-on off Lee Daggett in his brief stay at the crease. Daggett got his revenge when he bowled Cross for 12 shortly before the elements ended Lancashire’s batting effort.
Tripathi and Harrison shared an opening stand of 80 inside 18 overs to boost the home side’s chase, and they did not let their advantage slip. Harrison hit 28 before he was run out by Chilton.
Alex Wakely added 22 as he joined Tripathi, who later hoisted Oliver Newby for six over mid-wicket, to help complete the formalities. Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry returned the pick of the bowling figures with 0-10 from four.
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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