Lancashire Lightning lost their second game of the Pro ARCH Trophy in Sharjah tonight, going down by 45 runs to the Essex Eagles in a low scoring game on much more sporting pitch than you would usually see in the Gulf.
The Red Rose county had put themselves in control after restricting the Eagles, who won the toss and elected to bat, to 202-9 thanks to three wickets apiece from Steven Mullaney and Oliver Newby.
But the Lightning were immediately put under the pump by a competitive Essex side, who had struggled in the field against the Fly Emirates XI on Tuesday, as they slumped to 10-3 in the sixth over of their reply.
“Yes it is disappointing to lose,” admitted Cricket Director
However, concerning news for the Lightning came in the form of an injury to Gary Keedy, who has suffered a slight fracture in his right hand. The left-arm spinner suffered the injury while fielding as the Lightning beat
It was decided the 33 year-old should go for an x-ray, and he is now expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.
“He has got a light cast on his hand, which we can take off at any point,” continued Watkinson. “He is still able to bowl in the nets at the lads, but it would be a big risk for him to play in any of the matches.”
Mal Loye did not make the starting line-up after twisting his left ankle when he tripped in a pot-hole this morning: “That is nothing major,” added Watkinson, who is hoping to see the batsman line up against Fly Emirates XI on Monday.
Mullaney and Newby, both of whom did not play in the opening night win against
“It was a tricky pitch, and we struggled to recover from losing three early wickets,” assessed Watkinson. “We just weren’t able to get that crucial partnership going. Every time we were getting one together, we lost a wicket.”
Maurice Chambers was the pick of the
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