Wednesday 25 July 2007 

Law Leads Lancashire To Victory Over Northamptonshire

Stand-in captain Stuart Law helped Lancashire get their Pro40 campaign off to a winning start as he hit 89 in a five-wicket win over Northamptonshire in Northampton.

Law's innings accompanied Paul Horton's 44 to give Lancashire a lightning start to their run chase in a 32-over match. With 124 on the board before a wicket fell, the target of 186 didn't look anything like big enough, although two wickets from Alex Wakely and Richard Logan kept their side in the game before Steven Croft and Dominic Cork steered Lancashire to victory with 2 balls to spare.

Cork hit a four and a six from the only two balls he faced to win the match as Northamptonshire fought back impressively, with Wakely taking the wickets of in-form Brad Hodge and Gareth Cross for 0 and 1 respectively. When Luke Sutton was run out for 17, 11 runs were still required but Cork's heroics saved the day.

Northamptonshire had earlier hit 185 for 6 with Stephen Peters top-scoring with 54 and Lance Klusener doing what he does best, bludgeoning 34 from 26 late on. There was a return to action for Sajid Mahmood, who opened the bowling and took 1 for 56 from his 6 overs but it was Australian Hodge who excelled, taking two for 16, including the wicket of Peters as the middle order failed to back up their opening batsman.

It took the efforts of Klusener and countryman Johannes Van Der Wath, who added 39 in quick time to propel Northamptonshire up to their eventual score. Despite the best efforts of Logan and Wakely, it wasn't quite enough, although Lancashire were made to sweat on their way to victory.

John Pennington
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