Astle and Chilton boost Lancashire
Lancashire 209 for 2 (Astle 71*, Chilton 67*) beat Warwickshire 208 for 7 (Troughton 57, Knight 52, Cork 3-24) by eight wickets
Lancashire kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation in the Pro40 with an eight-wicket win against Warwickshire at Old Trafford. Nathan Astle and Mark Chilton carried Lancashire to their first victory of the campaign with an unbroken third wicket stand of 122.
The Lancashire bowlers had started in fine style and the Warwickshire top order could barely find the boundary for the first half of their innings. Dominic Cork and Kyle Hogg were impressive with the ball, but for once the spinners struggled to keep the run rate down.
Murali Kartik and Simon Marshall went for 99 in 15 overs as Nick Knight and Jim Troughton slowly increased the tempo before Tim Ambrose and Alex Loudon provided some late impetus.
Lancashire - as usual - started the other way round as Mal Loye was typically aggressive inside the fielding restrictions. He made 46 off 35 balls before being caught behind off Neil Carter, who also claimed Dominic Cork after he was sent up the order to play his shots. However, the rapid start had brought the required rate down meaning Astle and Chilton could just tick the runs off.
Neither player has been full of runs in recent weeks but worked the ball around with consummate ease as Lancashire eased home with eight balls to spare.