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Lancashire, Yorkshire start Natwest T20 Blast with convincing wins

Jos Buttler scored a quick half century for Lancashire
Jos Buttler scored a quick half century for Lancashire

Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh and Jos Buttler all scored fifties in the opening round of Natwest T20 Blast North Group as Yorkshire and Lancashire started their campaign with convincing wins over Nottinghamshire and Durham respectively on Friday.

Yorkshire 227-5 (Lyth 82) beat
Nottinghamshire 179-8 (Hales 47) by 48 runs
North Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Headingley

Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat first. Harry Gurney (3-49) had Tom Kohler-Cadmore (5) caught behind in the second over.

David Willey (25) was promoted at number three and played a blistering 13-ball knock while Lyth (82) was going strong at the other end. By the end of the powerplay, Yorkshire went on to reach 66 for one.

Even though, Willey fell, Lyth completed a 32-ball fifty and had the company of Marsh (60 not out) at the other end as the duo shared a quick 83 run stand to lay a perfect platform. The hosts went on to amass 227 for five in the 20 overs as Marsh remained unbeaten while Jack Leaning (17) and Peter Handscomb (21) played a handy cameo.

Despite a quick start from Alex Hales (47) that came off just 26 deliveries but regular fall of wickets coming from Azeem Rafiq (2-38) and Steven Patterson (2-39) dented their hopes as they were reduced to 179 for eight. Yorkshire completed a 48 run win as Lyth won the player of the match.

Lancashire 192-6 (Buttler 59) beat
Durham 140-7 (Clark 3-26) by 52 runs
North Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Chester-le-Street

Liam Livingstone (0) feel early in the second over after Durham invited Lancashire to bat first. Karl Brown (35) and Arron Lilley (30) stabilised the innings with a 65 run stand for the second wicket.

The decisive knock though came from Jos Buttler (59) while Dane Vilas (35) held the other end and in the 20 overs, Lancashire went on to post 192 for six.

Durham never looked in comfortable in chase, as they were reduced to 51 for four. Despite a 48-run knock from Paul Collingwood (48), Durham could manage only 140 for seven with Jordan Clark (3-26) picking a three wicket haul.

Buttler bagged the player of the match award.

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