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Match Report

Thrilling win takes Lancs to Final

Thrilling win takes Lancs to Final

Lancashire Lightning pulled off an impressive win over a strong MCC side to reach the final of the Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament at Dubai, where they will later face Sussex Sharks.

After restricting the MCC side to 140-6 from their 20 overs, with Oliver Newby and Stephen Parry taking two wickets apiece, captain Steven Croft underpinned a four-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

Croft hit 40 off 41 balls after Stephen Moore had raced out of the blocks with 38 off 20 balls, including seven fours and a six, taking a liking to the lightning pace of Australia's Shaun Tait.

But the magic moment of the contest came when fast bowler Newby bowled Indian legend Rahul Dravid.

He said: "He's a fine player, but Twenty20 means you can get people out at any time. But it's always nice to get one of the world's best players out.

"After yesterday, which was a bit of a wake-up call (1-60 off 10 against MCC YC's), it was nice to hit a good line and length. The wicket played alright, but we planned not to leave too much room outside off-stump."

Parry also had former Old Trafford overseas player Sourav Ganguly caught in the deep, and claimed the wicket of MCC skipper Mark ramprakash.

Steven Croft was named Man of the Match.

Graham hardcastle
Photo & Article (c) Lancashire CCC


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