Derbyshire v Lancashire Royal London Cup June 3rd at Derby
Neil Whitaker reports
LANCASHIRE defended 290 to beat Derbyshire Falcons 25 runs at the 3aaa county ground but still went out of the RL one-day cup
Lancashire’ s head coach Glenn Chapple said: “Today we put in a really good performance and we’ve had three fantastic wins and we can do better. Today we’ve beaten a strong team away from home. They had a strong opening partnership and the boys stuck at their task.
I think this season we’ve played much better cricket than last year. We’ve gone out because we made individual errors in the first two games and that makes it more disappointing. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes.”
Falcons skipper Billy Godleman said: “Looking back in hindsight we should have batted when we won the toss. We thought the wicket would become more tacky and it didn’t it got hard as the day went on. But from where we were we put in a good performance. But we didn’t put in another big partnership.”
After putting Lancashire into bat the Falcons restricted Lancashire to a score which at the halfway stage seamed a below par score. Fresh from their opening stand of 182 on Friday against Northamptonshire Steelbacks Ben Slater and Godleman raced past 50 in the first 10 overs.
Godleman cut leg spinners Matt Parkinson first ball for a boundary. Slater lofted Parkinson in his next over for a six over long off to bring up the Falcons’ hundred. He pushed at the next ball and was bowled.
On five Wayne Madsen smashed the ball straight back to Parkinson but he couldn’t hold on to it but it wasn’t expensive mis as Madsen was back in the hutch to the next ball. Godleman dropped Liam Livingstone to short leg and Madsen set for a single. Godleman had no intention of going for it and sent Madsen back but he was easily run out.
Alex Hughes chipped Livingstone to mid off but Rob Jones at mid wicket kept five yards in the air to take catch. After they lost Hughes the Falcons only scored 28 in 11 overs and lost another two wickets here was where the Falcons lost the match. With 150 need from 20 overs Matt Critchley tried to hit Stephen Parry for a straight six but found Jordan Clark on the long off boundary. Godleman flicked Parry off his legs to Josh Bohannon on the longest boundary off their ground.
22 of their first 31 overs of thge Falcons innings were bowled by Lancashire spinners.
When Gary Wilson swept Parry to the boundary it was the Falcons first boundary for 48 balls which brought ironic cheers from the Falcons faithfull. With run rate increasing to 12 an over Wilson pulled Graham Onions to Alex Davies on the square leg boundary.
Smit tried to reverse slog Onions and was leg before.
Hardus Viljoen clipped Parkinson off his legs for six over square leg. Three balls later Callum Brodrick raced down the wicket to Parkinson missed the and Dane Vilas had the simplest of stumping.
With 54 needed off the last two overs Viljoen toe end the first ball from Parry for a six over mid wicket and the next ball for a straight six. Viljoen sliced the next ball but was dropped. Back on strike Viljoen flicked the fifth ball off his legs but it dropped short of Davies on the square leg boundary. The Falcons needed 35 off the last over bowled by Mennie but he restricted them to just nine.
Godleman said: “Viljoen strikes the exceptional well but he doesn’t always come off.”
In their 50 overs Lancashire skipper Livingstone top scored with 86 but their 290 for was well short of what looked on the cards after 30 overs. While Livingstone was there 350 was on for Lancashire but on 86 he gave his wicket away when he walked across his stumps to ramp Viljoen and was bowled.
His innings included four sixes two of them twere massive massive sixes one went over square leg and mid wicket the biggest part of the ground. Livingstone got a leading edged to Ravi Rampaul and managed to hit him for a straight six into the crowd.
On 15 Livingstone edged Duanne Olivier but stumper Daryn Smit could only get his fingertips to it and the ball flew to the boundary. After surviving a strong leg before appeal when Critchley pinned Livingstone he launched the next ball over mid wicket into the car park. Livingstone tried to repeat the shot to the next ball but didn’t get as much power into it and it went much squarer. Luckily for Livingstone the ball fell short of Slater coming in from the square leg boundary.
Livingstone was nearly involved in run out mix up with Davies when he was wrapped on the pads by Viljoen as the ball rebounded out to Olivier at mid off Davies set off for a single. Livingstone sent Davies back and with him a couple of yards out Olivier’s throw missed the stumps.
Their partnership was eventually broken when Davies tried to work Hughes to leg but missed a straight ball and was leg before after adding 60 in nine overs with Livingstone.
Livingstone was joined by Vilas and this was the partnership that put Lancashire on the road to scoring 300 plus as they added 63 in nine overs. But their partners nearly didn’t get off the ground when Vilas was dropped on nine by Brodrick as he came in from the mid wicket boundary when Vilas blasted Hughes. Brodrick had his revenge when Vilas cut Rampaul to him on the point boundary.
After been put in Lancashire should have lost Haseeb Hameed when he was on he pulled Rampaul over square leg but was dropped by Critchley. After that life Hameed played more positive than his partner Davies. In the next over Hameed stroked Olivier through the covers just evading Broderick outstretched right hand. The partnership was broken when Hameed nibbled at one which left him fro Viljoen to give Smit an easy catch.
Lancashire’s next hope was Clark and he delivered but after completing his fifty Clark had wild swing at Olivier and top edged it to Smit.
Jones was fortunate to survive on three when he reversed swept Madsen just over Olivier’s head at point and the ball ran to the boundary. Then Jones tried to sweep Madsen but missed the ball and was the second leg before victim of the innings.
Josh Bohannon tried to pull Rampaul but top edged it to Smit and Joe Mennie made room to slog bit found Hughes on the deep mid wicket boundary who took a great catch moving to his right.
Posted on 20/04/2018
by Michael Blumberg