Nottinghamshire kept up their impressive run in limited-overs cricket this year by beating Lancashire to move to the top of the North Group in the Friends Life t20. The Outlaws won the toss and asked the home side to bat in front of a sparse crowd at Old Trafford. Within the space of four overs, both of the Lancashire openers were back in the pavilion. However, Steven Croft (52 off 44 balls) and Simon Katich (48 off 38) led a recovery and added 93 in little more than 11 overs to take the Lightning to a respectable 155 for six.
Nottinghamshire then slipped to 50 for three in their run chase before an excellent innings from their captain David Hussey took them to the brink of victory. Hussey manipulated the field with great skill and plundered 52 off 28 balls - hitting the second fastest fifty of this fledgling T20 season - and dominating a fourth-wicket partnership of 78 with Alex Hales. Both, though, fell to New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan on his Lancashire home debut as he threatened to pull off a remarkable win for his side. He ended with figures of five for 29 to become the first Lancashire player to take five wickets in the competition, now into its 11th season. Steven Mullaney then scuppered the home side’s hopes and finished the game in the visitors’ favour with three consecutive boundaries off Kabir Ali. The eventually won by four wickets with 14 balls to spare.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
North Group, FLt20, Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby (1910)
The home side are aiming for a hat-trick of wins following their victories over Yorkshire and Leicestershire and have named an unchanged 15-man squad.
Derbyshire squad: Wes Durston, Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wayne Madsen (captain), Dan Redfern, Albie Morkel, Tom Poynton, Jonathan Clare, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Billy Godleman, Paul Borrington, Peter Burgoyne, Richard Johnson.
day one, Worcestershire v Australians at New Road (1100)
Worcestershire have named a close to full strength line-up, and one that is bolstered by the inclusion of England’s reserve Ashes batsman Nick Compton. Veteran seam-bowler Alan Richardson is rested, with young Oxford MCCU bowler Charlie Morris taking his place alongside Blues team-mate Tom Fell.
Worcestershire XI: Nick Compton, Matthew Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell (captain), Alexei Kervezee, Tom Fell, Ben Cox, Gareth Andrew, Charlie Morris, Jack Shnatry, Chris Russell.
The tourists have named their eleven, with the first-choice bowling attack of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon all rested and Chris Rogers included after being confirmed as Test opener.
Australians XI: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (captain), Phil Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird.
day one, Varsity Match, Cambridge University v Oxford University at Fenner’s (1100)
Last year’s match was a draw, with Cambridge winning in 2011. Overall, since the first fixture in 1827, the two sides are evenly matched, with the Light Blues having won 58 times to Oxford’s 54 with 55 drawn. In recent years there have been 50-over and 20-over Varsity matches, with Oxford triumphing in the most recent 50-over game at Lord’s last month and the T20 game at Fenner’s abandoned due to rain.
Weather Forecast: Cloud and rain return tomorrow after the brief interlude of sunshine. The day will start dry, and sunny in the south-east, but a band of light rain will move in from the west. The evening T20 game in Derby is likely to be hardest hit, although the other games are expected to be played under cloudy skies. Temperatures will, as a result, be subdued and peak at no higher than around 17 degrees Celsius.
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