Northamptonshire v Lancashire, Friends Life t20, Wantage Road July 12, 2011

Lancashire defend small total for vital win

Lancashire 110 for 9 beat Northamptonshire 107 for 5

Lancashire Lightning took a huge step towards reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals as they beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks by three runs at Wantage Road, despite Alex Wakely's half-century.

The Lightning were restricted to 110 for 9 from their 20 overs as Steelbacks captain Andrew Hall took three for 17 and Jack Brooks and Lee Daggett claimed two wickets each. Wakely smashed 52 off 46 balls, including four fours, but Junaid Khan and Sajid Mahmood took two wickets apiece to deny the hosts.

Lancashire won the toss and chose to bat but they lost Stephen Moore for a single in the first over when he mis-timed Brooks' delivery and was caught by Hall at midwicket. Lightning skipper Steven Croft went cheaply for 11 when he chipped David Lucas straight to Bilal Shafayat at mid-off.

Daggett came on in the seventh over and with his second ball Tom Smith lofted him to David Willey who took an easy catch at mid-on. Two balls later, Farveez Maharoof tried to run a quick single but Daggett picked up the loose ball and, with a direct hit at the stumps, ran out Karl Brown for 16.

Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross plundered 18 before he walked after launching Hall into the air and Rob Keogh took the catch at point and Maharoof followed for 14 when he smashed Brooks to Willey at long off. Hall bowled Mahmood before Luke Procter launched the same bowler to Keogh at fine leg and Daggett clattered his delivery into Junaid's (off stump in the final over.

Chasing 111, the Steelbacks lost wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien for a duck in the second over when he hooked Junaid to Croft at point. Junaid struck again in his next over when he was edged by Johan Botha to Cross to reduce the hosts to 16 for 2 before a fifty partnership between Rob White and Wakely stabilised their innings.

White made a patient 33 off 48 balls before holing out by clubbing Mahmood to Stephen Parry at third man as the Steelbacks required a run-a-ball from the last five overs. In the penultimate over, Shafayat smashed Mahmood to Maharoof who took a superb diving catch at long on.

Wakely then reached 50 off 44 balls before he was run out by Moore at square leg in the final over as the Steelbacks fell agonisingly short in the increasing gloom.

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  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    well can anybody tell me where can watch the highlights of this tournament???

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Great future for pakistan....junaid khan..upcoming star

  • Martin on July 13, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    As a Lancastrian I was delighted with the spirit and fight showed by the side yesterday. The financial situation which meant we had to give the local lads a run this year has really paid dividends - we are winning in all forms of the game as a team not a collection of individuals and everyone is contributing not waiting for some overseas 'star' to score all the runs or take all the wickets.

    Junaid Khan was excellent yesterday and looks like a very very good 'death' bowler. I would not start talking about him in the same breath as Amir Khan or let alone Wasim Akram yet but he looks like a good find.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Looks like the editor failed to mention Junaid Khan's superb last over!..Well bowled Junaid Khan!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Khan bowled superbly, well done to him. As a Lancashire fan who watched the game on TV last night, I'm a bit concerned about Crofty being our Twenty20 captain- he seemed to lose his rag with players a few times, rather than supporting them when they made mistakes.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Junaid khan is way better than Mohammad Amir... I saw him bowl the last over yesterday in which he defended 7 runs with pin point yorkers.... He only gave 3 runs in his over and led his side Lancashire to the unexpected victory.... For that he also earned the man of the match award.... Therefore it is very certain that Cricket anywhere without Pakistani players is incomplete.. PAKISTANI ROCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    The Man who deserve most of the credit is Junaid Khan who only gave away 3 runs in the last over when their opponent needed 7 to win from 6 balls. He bowled yorker 6 times which is why he succeeded also not to forget theexcelent runout in the final over by Moore.

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