Drama At Old Trafford As Lancashire Penalised

There was high drama in the Roses Derby at Old Trafford as Yorkshire were awarded six penalty runs and won with three balls to spare after Lancashire were deemed too slow in bowling their overs. Kabir Ali would have had 15 to defend off the final over, but it became just nine and Jonny Bairstow hit the winning maximum.

Lancashire skipper Paul Horton and in-the-news wicket-keeper Jos Buttler were furious with the umpires and clearly felt that the time that Tim Bresnan had taken to adjust his helmet upon arriving at the crease had not been adequately taken into account. However, the umpires rightly stood firm.

That moment of controversy should not detract from an excellent innings from Yorkshire’s overseas player Aaron Finch (88 off 55 balls) earlier in the run chase. He appeared to just about keep the Vikings in the hunt after Lancashire had posted a formidable 179 for six after choosing to bat. He and tall left-hander Alex Lees (36 off 39 balls) put on 99 in less than 12 overs. However, both fell as the match began to look as if it had swung Lancashire’s way.

The penalty runs, along with a sprightly knock from Bairstow, though took the visitors to victory. Bairstow had been involved in another moment of controversy earlier in his innings when he was warned for backing up too far by Junaid Khan. Buttler, behind the stumps, might have allowed himself a wry smile.

The Lightning’s useful total had earlier been built around half-centuries from Tom Smith, who helped his side take 58 off the first five overs during a breezy innings, and a more dogged 60 from skipper Horton. Adil Rashid was exemplary with his leg-breaks for Yorkshire with two for 22, while 20 year-old Oliver Robinson also picked up two wickets.

Warwickshire were able to beat Durham with five balls to spare at Edgbaston as Laurie Evans built on a knock of 51 off 50 balls from skipper Varun Chopra to help them over the line to end on 21 off 10 balls. Durham had earlier struggled after being asked to bat and slipped to 81 for six in the 13th over before a cameo of 36 off 28 balls from John Hastings propelled them to 146 for seven. Boyd Rankin and Jeetan Patel were the picks of the Bears’ bowlers with a brace of wickets apiece.

Warwickshire CCC were able to lay on what must rank as one of cricket’s more unusual interval entertainments. Women’s tennis stars Donna Vekic and Ana Ivanovic were involved in a serving contest at the halfway point, with the latter even donning pads to try her luck at the crease.

Leicestershire’s first XI were unable to translate the success of their second XI in winning their T20 competition yesterday against Worcestershire. Star of yesterday’s final against Somerset, Tom Wells, was again in fine form and lifted to Foxes to 164 for six from their 20 overs with an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls.

However, captain Daryl Mitchell hit 67 not out off 50 balls and received support from Richard Oliver (2 off 13 balls) and overseas pro Colin Munro (30 off 18 balls) as the Pears won with four balls to spare by five wickets.

Alex Hales blitzed 63 off only 32 balls as Nottinghamshire demolished an perennially under-performing Derbyshire. Hales and opening partner Michael Lumb added 57 in the first 25 balls of the Outlaws’ run chase of 165 and they never looked back despite losing a clutch of wickets at the end of the powerplay. Steven Mullaney ended on 18 off 11 balls as the win was sealed with more than three overs to spare.

Derbyshire had earlier recovered from a dreadful start, slipping to 23 for three, to post 164 for seven as overseas pro Marcus North top-scored with 57 off 47 balls and Wayne Madsen made 36 off 27. Harry Gurney, Andy Carter and Samit Patel each picked up two wickets for the visitors.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Lancashire 6 4 2 0 0 8 +0.084 950/119.0 936/118.3
Worcestershire 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.452 794/93.3 804/100.0
Yorkshire 4 2 1 0 1 5 +0.913 470/53.3 471/59.5
Warwickshire 4 2 1 0 1 5 +0.285 433/59.1 422/60.0
Northamptonshire 4 2 1 0 1 5 -0.812 478/57.3 476/52.1
Nottinghamshire 4 2 2 0 0 4 +0.404 615/76.5 608/80.0
Durham 4 2 2 0 0 4 +0.302 583/80.0 553/79.1
Leicestershire 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.166 687/78.0 691/77.0
Derbyshire 5 0 4 0 1 1 -1.715 610/79.0 659/69.5

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>