Parry claims record as Lancashire thrash Worcestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast
Stephen Parry put himself in the Lancashire T20 record books after taking 5-13 as the Lightning swept aside the Worcestershire Rapids in sensational style at Emirates Old Trafford in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday night.
The Rapids were already in trouble after a three-wicket burst from Nathan Buck and one by Jordan Clark had reduced the visitors to 21-4, but they had no answer to Parry who ran through the side to claim the second five-wicket haul by a Lancashire bowler in this competition, his 5-13 bettering the 5-29 by Mitch McClenaghan on this ground three years ago.
The game, which started 10 minutes late due to rain, was over by 9pm with Worcestershire all out for just 53 from 13.5 overs, their lowest ever T20 total and also the lowest total scored against Lancashire in 14 seasons of T20 games.
The winning margin of 96 runs, after Lancashire had made 149-5, is the second-highest winning margin by the Lightning in T20 cricket.
There was little hint of the mayhem to follow as the Lightning posted a reasonable total after being put in on a slow pitch.
Lancashire made two changes from their previous T20 match with loan signing Tom Moores replacing Jos Buttler, away with England, behind the stumps and Alviro Petersen preferred to Luke Procter, while Worcestershire brought in Jack Shantry for Moeen Ali.
Martin Guptill and Alviro Petersen made a steady start with 24 runs coming from the first four overs, but Guptill, playing his last match for Lancashire, then pulled the first ball of the fifth over straight to Matt Henry at short fine leg off Jack Shantry for 6.
Karl Brown was off the mark quickly, pulling Shantry for four, before both himself and Petersen straight drove straight sixes off Joe Leach to take the Lightning to 47-1 by the end of the 6 over powerplay.
Petersen hit D’Olivera over long-on for six to move the Lancashire total along to 69-1 after 9 overs but Brown departed when the next delivery from Daryl Mitchell seemed to stick in the pitch, the ball lobbing up to give a simple catch to Brett D’Olivera at short mid-wicket.
Lancashire arrived at the halfway stage of their innings on 76-2 with the slow nature of the pitch demonstrated by the fact only two fours and three sixes had been scored at that point.
Petersen reached his first T20 fifty for Lancashire from 38 balls at the start of what proved to be an explosive 13th over, Livingstone slamming successive balls from Ed Barnard for six over long-on as 17 runs came from the over.
Livingstone was out to the first ball of the next over, lbw for 28 off 15 balls, sweeping at D’Olivera while Steven Croft was brilliantly caught low down by Mitchell at cover for 4 having cut Leach savagely to leave Lancashire on 116-4 after 14.2 overs.
That became 124-5 when Jordan Clark was caught right on the edge of the mid-wicket boundary by Alex Kervezee off Leach for 5 after 16.2 overs.
Boundaries were scarce throughout the innings-the ball never really coming on to the bat-with only two struck between the 13th over and the end of the innings, both by Moores from consecutive balls in the 19th over when the debutant drove Leach through mid-off before top edging the next ball over wicketkeeper Ben Cox.
Petersen was still there at the end, having anchored the innings and contributing an important, unbeaten 68 off 54 balls, with the 25 runs added for the sixth wicket with Moores taking the Lightning to 149-5.
What followed from the Lancashire attack was little short of sensational.
Buck struck with the first ball of the Worcestershire reply when Tom Kohler-Cadmore fended off a short delivery with the ball looping to wicketkeeper Moores via a deflection off the glove.
It got worse quickly for the Rapids when Mitchell edged a pull off Buck to Moores for 5, Kervezee hit Clark high to Parry at long-off for 4 and Joe Clarke gave Buck his third wicket when he cut straight to Guptill at gully having made 9.
Buck finished with 3-12 from three fast, aggressive overs.
When Moores stumped Ross Whiteley for 1 from a leg side wide in the 6th over, to give Parry his first wicket and make the score 25-5, Lancashire were well on their way to victory.
Cox was the next to go for 6 when he swept Parry high to Brown at deep square leg as the last five Worcestershire wickets fell for 11 runs from 22 balls as the Rapids innings collapsed.
Brett D’Olivera swept Parry to George Edwards at short fine leg, Leach holed out to Guptill at mid-wicket two balls later and was followed back to the dugout by Henry after he did likewise to Clarke at long-on from the next.
The game ended when Lilley bowled Barnard for 0 with Worcestershire 53 all out, and Lancashire move up to 5th place in North Division table after their third win of the campaign.
Stephen Parry believes the signs are there for Lancashire to make significant progress in this year’s T20 after a poor start.
“Getting the win today was important,” he said. “Because it was a must win game.
“The way we’ve bowled in the last two games has been brilliant, and there’s been some good signs going forward.
“The next game is against Yorkshire and it’s always hard going there, but it’s going to be a good test.
Parry, who became the first Lancashire bowler to reach the landmark of 100 T20 wickets last week before adding five more tonight, was naturally delighted with his performance.
“I’ve had a bit of a slow start,” he admitted. “I think we all have really, but we are starting to get it together.
We did something similar last year with a win, lose, win, (type sequence) but just got on a run and won a few close games . Hopefully we can build that belief this year.
“There’s still a long way to go, but I think we are starting to get going in this competition.”
Photo of Stephen Parry by Simon Pendrigh