New signing Stephen Moore launched a blistering assault on the students of the University of the West Indies to carry Lancashire to the inaugural Barbados Cricket Twenty20 Cup title at the Kensington Oval on Sunday.
Moore crunched seven sixes and five fours in a 59-ball innings of 91 not out to lift Lancashire to a daunting total of 183-3. The England Lions man shared a third wicket partnership of 115 in 14 overs with Steven Croft (46), and brought up his 50 off 43 balls in the 17th over of the innings.
Having arrived at the crease in the third over, Moore blitzed four sixes off the spin of Ryan Wiggins in the 17th over, and crunched 19 runs off Ruel Brathwaite in the last over.
Spin trio Gary Keedy, Stephen Parry and Croft (2-30 from four) all added two wickets – as did Oliver Newby - as the students stuttered and stumbled to 131-9 in reply. Keedy finished the pick of the bowling with figures of 2-13 from his four. Lancs won by 52 runs.
Lancashire’s stand-in skipper Mark Chilton won the toss and elected to bat, and Paul Horton (19) set the Red Rose on their way, clobbering three sixes in the first over of the match bowled by Khishmar Catlin. The first was a pick up over backward square, the second straight, the third the same.
But the opener fell to the first ball of the third over, comprehensively bowled by Craig Emmanuel to leave the score at 25-1.
Moore picked up where Horton left it, walloping Emmanuel into the Media Centre wall for the game’s fourth maximum. The right-hander then pulled Brathwaite for four in the next, and Lancashire were 43-1 after four.
They were soon two down though, with Tom Smith castled to give Emmanuel his second wicket of the contest – the score 43-2.
Moore was joined by Croft at the crease, and they quietly accumulated. Croft, however, broke loose when he heaved off-spinner Liam Sebastien over long-on for another six.
But Moore, who had scored 52 in the semi-final against Essex earlier in the day, was given a life on 31 when Catlin carpeted a skier at long-off off the spin bowling of Sebastien.
In the next over, Croft almost cleaned up bowler Nekoli Parris with a fierce straight driven four. The bowler just got a hand on it, but very nearly got his head on it. Thankfully he got most of his body out of the way.
Both batsmen then peppered the scoreboard at mid-wicket in the 15th over of the innings, off-spinner Sebastien the unfortunate bowler. Croft clobbered yet another maximum in the next over before Moore’s blitz.
The first six was straight, the second pulled over long-on, the third straight and fourth pulled over mid-wicket.
Croft fell in the 19th, caught at long-off by Raymon Reifer to give Emmanuel his third wicket and end Croft’s 40-ball stay at the crease. He hit three sixes and one four.
And then Moore finished the innings off with his own impression of the Dilshan scoop over his head for six off Brathwaite, the same shot for four, another swept four, which should have been signalled six, and a cut four. Lancashire’s innings included an impressive and telling total of 13 sixes.
Kyle Corbin and Omar Phillips gave the students hope early on in their chase, racking up an opening partnership of 57 in eight overs. But it was broken by Keedy, who bowled the former for 24.
Keedy also bowled top scorer Phillips (31) in the tenth over to reduce the score to 61-2, and that was virtually that.
Croft, bowling his off-spin for the first time in the weekend, claimed Lancashire’s third wicket when he had left-handed Jamar Griffith caught by Newby over his head at third-man. The score at 66-3 in the eleventh.
It was 71-4 in the 13th when Croft picked up his second – that of Parris - with massive thanks to a superbly judged Smith catch at mid-wicket.
Parry (2-31 from four) then nicked his side’s fifth and sixth wickets, those of Reifer and Emmanuel caught behind by Luke Sutton, in consecutive balls in the 16th over to reduce the students to 103-6.
Smith had Wiggins caught behind in the 19th over before Oliver Newby (2-16 from three) castled Collis Worrell and had Catlin caught behind in the last. Sutton claimed four catches behind. All that was left was for Lancashire to lift the trophy.
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