If you'd have dreamt of a way to beat Yorkshire, then this was it!
The Lightning hammered their Roses rivals with a whopping nine overs to spare at Emirates Old Trafford tonight to leave themselves with one foot in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals.
If Derbyshire fail to beat Leicestershire on Friday night, Lancashire will have qualified for the last eight with a game to spare.
Opener Stephen Moore led his side home with 66 not out off 35 balls, including 12 fours and a six to finish the contest off debutant Jack Leaning’s off-spin.
Moore had shared 88 in 7.4 overs for the first wicket with Tom Smith, who also smashed 42 off 22 balls, including three fours and three sixes. Moore scored 37 of the first 39 runs in four overs before Smith nearly caught him up.
The platform had been laid for a fourth North Division win in five matches by another excellent display with the ball and in the field as the Vikings could only muster 124-8.
It was not dissimilar to the way they bowled and fielded against Leicestershire Foxes on Tuesday night as they made 139-9 in the tie. But the Red Rose were much more clinical with the bat in hand tonight.
Five of Yorkshire’s seven-man bowling attack all went at 10 of more runs per overs, including Liam Plunkett for 17 off one and Leaning 18 off one.
“We hit the ground running tonight,” said Smith. “We knew that the next two games were important. We've got one win out of the way and can move onto Sunday (against Notts Outlaws). If we get a win there, we'll get a home quarter-final. That's our goal.
“On that pitch we knew the powerplay was going to be important. Towards the end, the ball slowed up and stuck in the pitch. Rog (Moore) in the first four overs was unstoppable. I only faced two balls in the first four overs. I got a couple of balls and it clicked. When we were out of the powerplay none down, we decided to keep going.
“We've been playing well in the last few games, but it all came together tonight. It's great to do it in front of a full house at Emirates Old Trafford. It's always good to get one over the Yorkies, but a win's a win.”
Yorkshire were undone by only reaching the end of the six-over powerplay at 23-2, with Smith and Mitchell McClenaghan both striking. The pair returned excellent figures of 2-21 and 2-19 respectively as the Vikings lost wickets at regular intervals on a slow pitch in front of a crowd of 12,151.
Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan also celebrated being awarded his county cap before the start of the match with an economical spell of 1-22, including the wicket of Leaning, who chopped on from a long way outside off.
Steven Croft also took a stunning diving catch at long-on to help Arron Lilley get rid of dangerous left-hander Gary Ballance to leave the visitors at 96-6 after 16 overs.
Moore and Smith shared 88 in 7.4 overs for the first wicket before Smith was stumped off Azeem Rafiq’s off-spin. Ashwell Prince fell two balls later to a stunning catch by a diving Adam Lyth at cover. Lyth had earlier top-scored for Yorkshire with 32.
Smith also admitted that this was up there with the best of his Twenty20 career. He added: “Twenty20 wise, this was a massive win. The quarter-final win against Sussex (in 2011) was up there, but especially to do it here at home was great. It's always good to get one over them. They’ve had the wood over us a bit in the last few years, but they've come to Old Trafford and we've given them a thumping.”
Picture - Stephen Moore hits out during his unbeaten 66 off 35 balls (c) Simon Pendrigh