Lancashire's pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates ended with a 156-run Duckworth Lewis defeat against rivals Yorkshire in the third place play-off match at the Pro ARCH Trophy.
The Lightning’s chase was halted because of a torrential storm in Sharjah at 140-9 in reply to Yorkshire’s 310-5, in which Joe Sayers and Anthony McGrath both hit impressive centuries.
Stephen Parry was the pick of Lancashire’s bowlers with 3-44 from his eight overs, but Sayers and McGrath shared a mammoth 237-run partnership for the second wicket to put the Red Rose county under pressure.
“We can have no complaints, they were just better than us on the day,” said coach Peter Moores, who had to contend with an injury concern to captain Glen Chapple. The 34 year-old all-rounder limped off the field midway through his ninth over and will have a scan tomorrow.
Lancashire’s day started well, despite being asked to field first in the stifling heat, because Steven Cheetham had Andrew Gale caught at mid-on by Chapple in the first over. But from then on Sayers, who is not normally seen as a one-day player, and skipper McGrath shared their game breaking stand, which included a life for each player. McGrath was dropped on 84 and Sayers on 78.
McGrath reached his ton off 97 balls with ten fours and three sixes included, while Sayers notched his first in limited overs cricket off the very next ball after facing 123 balls. Steven Mullaney picked up the wicket of McGrath before Parry dismissed Sayers, Tim Bresnan (40 off 31 balls) and Chris Taylor to demonstrate that he could have a big part to play in one-day cricket this summer.
Lancashire were reduced to 18-2 in the sixth over, losing Kyle Hogg and Mal Loye. Adrian Shankar followed soon afterwards - and when Tom Smith came to the crease in place of Chapple, Lancs were 69-5. Yorkshire allowed Smith, who was not in the original starting line up, to bat in place of Chapple. Steve Patterson and David Wainwright both picked up two wickets apiece for the White Rose, but the game was called off when a monstrous storm hit the ground at the end of the 37th over.
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