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May 19, 2013
Lancashire 176 for 9 (Brown 80, Batty 3-35) beat Surrey 169 (Parry 5-17, White 4-35) by seven runs
Stephen Parry claimed his first five-wicket haul in one-day cricket to help Lancashire to a stunning victory over Surrey in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group B match at Old Trafford.
The left-arm spinner claimed 5 for 17 as Lancashire, who at one point were 59 for 5, claimed a seven-run win - which was all the tighter for Surrey having been awarded six runs due to Lancashire's slow over rate. Seamer Wayne White chipped in with 4 for 35, while Karl Brown hit 80 as Lancashire recorded their first YB40 win of the season.
Steven Davies and Jason Roy got Surrey off to a flier in reply to Lancashire's 176 for 9, scoring at more than seven an over until Parry bowled Roy for 18 with his first ball to end the 60-run stand. He bowled Davies for 36 in his next over and then claimed two wickets in three balls, holding a catch off his own bowling to account for Vikram Solanki and then trapping Gary Wilson lbw.
Parry, Steven Croft and fellow spinner Simon Kerrigan continued to strangle Surrey, who went 13 overs without a boundary, and when Croft bowled Rory Burns for four they were 91 for 5.
Zander de Bruyn and Gareth Batty upped the rate, but Kerrigan pulled off a great catch off White to end Batty's resistance. White then struck twice in the 36th over as de Bruyn went for 37 and Jon Lewis 10. Parry then trapped Chris Tremlett lbw to claim his fifth wicket and, despite being penalised six runs for a slow over rate, Lancashire secured victory when Jade Dernbach was caught by Kerrigan off White from the final ball.
Earlier Lancashire, who suffered a blow before the game with stand-in skipper Simon Katich forced out with a back spasm, struggled after being put in. Stephen Moore fell in the first over, caught at cover by Solanki off Dernbach for 9, then Lewis clinched the wicket of Ashwell Prince, caught by de Bruyn at short midwicket for 7. Tremlett accounted for Croft, caught at slip by Wilson, and captain Paul Horton who was caught behind by Davies.
Gary Keedy, returning to face Lancashire for the first time since leaving at the end of last season, struck with his first ball with White edging him to Davies for 5. Gareth Cross and Brown's 30-run stand was ended when Cross was trapped lbw by Batty for 15.
Kyle Hogg fell for 12 as he was bowled by Lewis and Oliver Newby followed eight balls later, caught and bowled by Batty for a duck. Brown and Parry smashed 40 off the final three overs, with Parry scoring 23 off 25 balls. Brown was caught in the deep by Burns off Batty - who finished with 3 for 35 - with four balls left.
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