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Match Report

2ndXI romp to Trophy Final

2ndXI romp to Trophy Final

Lancashire's 2ndXI are through to their fifth Trophy Final in a row, after a comprehensive five-wicket semi-final victory over Unicorns A Unicorns won the toss and batted

The defending Trophy holders made light work of their visitors with Arron Lilley claiming 6-26 as the Unicors 'A' side were shot out for 94 inside 24 overs.

In reply Lancashire reached their target for the loss of five wickets from 22.5 overs with the game wrapped up by 3pm.

Full report to follow on Wednesday.

Toss: Unicorns A
Unicorns A
94 all out (23.5 overs) Norman 26, Lineker 21, Lilley 6-26
Lancashire 95-5 (22.5 overs) Moore 26, Agathangelou 26
Lancashire won by 5 wickets

Team: Stephen Moore (capt), Alex Davies (wkt), Andrea Agathangelou, Jordan Clark, Liam Livingstone, Wayne White, Oliver Newby, Arron Lilley, Tom Bailey, Mattie McKiernan, Gavin Griffiths   

The Final is on Wednesday 11th September against Nottinghamshire. The venue will be announced following discussions between the two teams and ECB.

Report: It was slow going for the Unicorns A after Bailey struck in his first over. Unicorns added a further 26 in 9 overs before Griffiths struck to dismiss opener Lineker for 21. Lilley entered the fray and was the match changer, claiming the first of his four lbws in his 2nd over on his way to finishing with a career best 6 for 26 from his 8 overs. Only Norman put up any resistance with 26 in 22 balls before becoming the last man out to Lilley. Unicorns A finished on 94 all out in the 24th over.

Moore and Davies started well making 31 in 6 overs before Davies went lbw, sweeping. The Unicorns A attacked by taking the pace off, using only spin right from the start. Moore departed lbw in the 9th over to make the score 39-2, and Livingstone went for 7 attacking the spinners. It was a partnership of 40 between Agathangelou and Clark that sealed Lancashire's fifth final appearance in five years.  Both perished with just a few runs required, but Lancashire reached their target in just the 23rd over to set up a final against Notts.

Picture: Sheer delight for Arron Lilley after claiming another wicket on his way to match-winning figures of 6 for 26. (c) Simon Pendrigh


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