- Lancashire v Yorkshire, Flt20 North Group, Old Trafford
Lancs dominate one-sided Roses clash
Lancashire put one foot in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final after annihilating their Roses rivals Yorkshire by eight wickets at Old Trafford. Needing 125 to go top of the North group, Lancashire reached their target in a mere 11 overs for the loss of just two wickets.
Stephen Moore maintained his fine form in short-form cricket, making his third fifty in this year's competition and finishing with 66 not out off only 35 balls but the in-form batsman was given excellent support by his opening partner Tom Smith, who made 42 off only 22 deliveries.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Yorkshire batsmen never dominated the home attack as they might have wished. Adam Lyth top-scored with 32 off 24 balls and his third-wicket partnership of 33 with Gary Balance was the highest of the innings.
Ballance made 28 before he was brilliantly caught by Steven Croft, who dived forward from long-on to take a low catch off Arron Lilley, but by that stage of the innings the visiting batsmen had already been well contained by an accurate home attack.
Simon Kerrigan celebrated the award of his Lancashire cap by catching both Joe Sayers and Dan Hodgson to reduce Yorkshire Vikings to 20 for 2 in the fifth over and Kerrigan later bowled t20 debutant Jack Leaning for only 2.
The rest of the Lancashire attack backed up Kerrigan in fine style, although some Yorkshire batsmen co-operated in their own downfall. Adil Rashid, for example, was run out for 19 when he called for a single after hitting the ball straight to Tom Smith at cover.
New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan was the most economical bowler, conceding just 19 runs off his four overs, but Smith yielded only two runs more and Kerrigan finished with 1 for 22.
By contrast to their rivals, Lancashire began their innings with a rush of boundaries, Moore pulverising Azeem Rafiq's attack by hitting seven boundaries in the first four overs of the innings. Smith then joined the fun hitting both Rashid and Liam Plunkett for sixes, the second of which landed in the top tier of the stand at the Statham End.
Rafiq dismissed Smith and Ashwell Prince, the latter being brilliantly caught for a duck by Lyth, in the space of three balls but Lancashire were not to be denied.