Steven Croft believes Lancashire must win their next CB40 game at Somerset on Sunday if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Photo: James Anderson in one-day action for Lancashire at Old Trafford today
A 29-run Duckworth/Lewis defeat by Glamorgan Dragons at Old Trafford has left Lancashire with one win from their three opening Group C games.
With just the group winners and the best placed runner-up securing a place in the last four, Lightning can’t afford to lose against the Sabres, who have won four out of four so far.
“Going to Somerset will be a tough task but it is a must-win game if we are going to progress,” said Croft, who top scored in the rain-hit game against the Dragons with 52.
“We have not started particularly well in this competition considering the type of one-day cricket we have been playing over the last few years. We need to look at ourselves because we are very capable of performing in one-day competition.
“We have beaten some really good sides in the Championship this season and, no disrespect to Glamorgan, we are a much better side than them and we should be beating teams like that.”
Gareth Rees’ unbeaten century was the key to Glamorgan’s first win of their CB40 campaign.
The opener made 110 in just 103 balls as the visitors posted 231-5 five after winning the toss.
Lancashire, in reply, lost four wickets in a crucial five-over spell which left them behind on Duckworth/Lewis and, after heavy rain forced them off the field when 125-5, they returned needing an almost impossible 48 off three overs.
Glamorgan held their nerve, taking the wickets of Paul Horton and Glen Chapple as Lancashire finished on 143-7 from their 28 overs.
Having lost Stephen Moore to the first ball of the innings, Lightning were cruising at 91-1 and on course to reach their initial revised target of 229 off 39 overs after an earlier shower.
Croft smashed two sixes on his way to a 53-ball half-century as he and Karl Brown put on 91 before he was caught by Mark Wallace off James Allenby.
Three overs later Brown was bowled by William Owen, bringing to an end his run-a-ball 48.
Allenby struck again in the next over as he bowled Farveez Maharoof, and Gareth Cross followed six balls later, trapped lbw by Owen, who finished with 3-24.
The slump proved crucial as it left Lightning well behind on Duckworth/Lewis after the heavy downpour.
Earlier Alviro Petersen led the way against Lancashire's attack, which included England’s Ashes hero James Anderson.
But the South African fell for 44 as he was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Stephen Parry having put on 78 with Rees.
And Rees should have followed for 39 soon after but Moore dropped a difficult catch in the deep after a reverse sweep off Simon Kerrigan.
The Dragons opener made Lightning pay. He put on a quick-fire 58 with Allenby (30) for the second wicket before Anderson sent Allenby’s middle stump flying.
Stewart Walters was then run out after a mix-up with Rees to leave Glamorgan 150-3.
Graham Wagg put on 42 with Rees off just 30 balls, including a six into the pavilion off Maharoof by the former Derbyshire batsman, before he was caught at backward point by Croft off Parry.
Parry claimed his third wicket as Ben Wright was stumped by Cross for two, but Rees remained to score only his second one-day century.
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh
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