Smith stars in Second XI thriller
Lancashire Second XI beat their Derbyshire counterparts by just one run in yesterday's one-day trophy match at Neston CC.
Red Rose Captain Stephen Parry won the toss and elected to bat first and the hosts got off to a flier thanks to Tom Smith and Luis Reece at the top of the order.
The opening pair started watchfully but soon hit their strides as they both recorded half centuries. A first wicket partnership of 123 was just the start Lancashire required, but Smith (66) was trapped LBW by Derbyshire bowler Matt Critchley.
Jordan Clark came to the crease, but Reece (60) was soon out, run out and Lancashire were 149/2. Clark and Rob Jones (37) put on a very useful third wicket wicket partnership but the hosts then lost wickets in quick succession.
Clark (25) departed and then Arron Lilley and Danny Lamb both lost their wickets cheaply as Lancashire started to lose their way at 205/5.
The wickets kept on coming in quick succession and Lancashire were bowled out for 239.
In reply, Derbyshire made a solid start with their openers putting on 49 for the first wicket, before Danny Lamb dismissed Billy Slater.
It was then the turn of the Lancashire spin attack in Stephen Parry, Arron Lilley and Matthew Parkinson to turn the screw.
Lilley dismissed Greg Cork and at the halfway mark the visitors were 102/3. Wickets them came thick and fast for Lancashire with each of the spinners taking quick wickets as Derbyshire were reduced to 175/8 and in trouble.
Derbyshire's number ten batsman came to the crease and hit a quick fire 20 before Gavin Griffiths dismissed the lower order man. Last man Ben Cotton came in with his side 200/9 and he almost turned the game on its head.
He hit four sixes and Derbyshire required 14 off the final over. Cotton (30*) continued and the visitors needed two off the final ball.
The Derbyshire ran one and came back for the second but was run out by Bradley Yates behind the stumps for Lancashire as the hosts came out victorious by one run!
Matthew Parkinson (3/24) and Stephen Parry (2/24) impressed with the ball.