Lancashire's hopes of a first win in three Friends Provident Twenty20 matches were dashed by North Division leaders Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge this evening, losing by 26 runs.
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The Lightning had damaging spells with ball and bat, which eventually sent them to their second defeat of this season’s competition.
After conceding 50 runs in the first five overs, Lancashire fought back well to restrict the hosts to 157-7 on a slowish pitch thanks to a career best of 4-21 from Sajid Mahmood.
Lancashire then started their chase well, reaching 42-0 after five overs, but slumped to 57-4 as left-arm spinner Samit Patel claimed three wickets in seven balls.
Tom Smith top scored with a run-a-ball 43, and helped recover the innings with a fifth wicket stand of 46 with Nathan McCullum (26), but the Red Rose eventually slumped to 131 all out inside 19 overs.
“It was pretty disappointing,” commented Mahmood. “Anything under 160 we were quite confident in getting. We didn’t have the best of starts, then didn’t get any partnerships later on.
“Samit bowled brilliantly for them, and he got three crucial wickets. That put us under the pump quite a bit.”
Mahmood had taken 4-5 in his last two overs, three of his wickets coming in the final five balls of the innings.
David Hussey top scored with 44 off 33 balls, including three fours and a six, but Mahmood removed him, Matt Wood, Chris Read and Stuart Broad in the latter stages of the home side’s innings.
Stephen Parry impressed with 2-26 and was the man who started Lancashire’s recovery by trapping Ally Brown lbw and getting Patel caught by Mahmood at long on in the tenth and 12th overs of the innings.
He was helped by the hosts’ desperation for quick runs at the death, but he still had to be accurate on a slow pitch.
Paul Horton and Smith had put Lancashire in a strong position after the first quarter of their chase, and it looked like the visitors were on course to put the defeat by Leicestershire last Friday firmly behind them.
But they lost Horton, Simon Katich, Stephen Moore and Steven Croft in quick succession to fall to 57-4 in the ninth. After Horton (23) had chopped on to Darren Pattinson, Patel trapped Katich lbw and bowled Moore and Croft.
Smith and McCullum then united for five overs for the fifth wicket, but Smith was run out by a direct hit by Hussey. The following over McCullum was caught by Pattinson at deep backward square leg off Broad and Gareth Cross also swatted Australian Dirk Nannes to Ally Brown at mid wicket to leave the score at 107-7 in the 16th.
Mahmood then holed out to Graeme White at long on off Nannes at the start of the 18th, Chapple was run out by Broad backing up midway through the 19th and Parry caught by Mullaney at long on off Broad at the end of the same over.
Lancashire, who also had a No Result at Warwickshire on Sunday, will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Roses clash against Yorkshire at Headingley on Thursday.
Graham Hardcastle at Trent Bridge
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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