MATCH PREVIEW: Lightning v Falcons
Match Preview: Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons, Royal London One-Day Cup
Three more wins and Lancashire Lightning will qualify for the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The Lightning, who lost their first three in the North Group, have bounced back superbly to win their last two and put themselves in contention for a place in the top three.
After beating champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Sunday, they hammered second-placed Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday by 152 runs.
Next up are Derbyshire Falcons at Blackpool’s Stanley Park, another of the contenders for a place in the North Group’s top three.
They sit one point and one place above the Lightning after two wins and a washout in their first five matches, and this clash promises to be a cracker.
Lancashire currently sit sixth in the North Group, and they play each of the three teams directly above them in their last three matches and would leapfrog each one by beating them.
Third-placed Notts (two points clear) are next up after this on Sunday at Trent Bridge before the Lightning round off the group stage at fourth-placed Durham (one point clear) on Tuesday.
Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons
Friday 12 May
Derbyshire have won two, lost two and had another washed out from their first five fixtures.
They eliminated champions Warwickshire with a routine four-wicket win at the County Ground yesterday as they chased down 293 thanks in the main to 82 from opener Ben Slater.
Shiv Thakor had earlier taken three wickets.
Their current overseas player, the Sri Lankan leg-spinning all-rounder Jeevan Mendis, also contributed a wicket and 44 not out.
In captain and opener Billy Godleman and former skipper Wayne Madsen, the Falcons have two in-form batsmen, while ex-South Africa Test seamer Hardus Viljoen is another the Lightning must be wary of.
Former Red Rose all-rounder Luis Reece has only played one Royal London One-Day Cup match so far for his new county, the 15-run defeat against Yorkshire at Headingley on Monday.
LAST TIME OUT
Liam Livingstone hit a career best run-a-ball 98 as Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 27 runs in front of the Sky TV cameras at the County Ground last July.
Livingstone, who is still awaiting his maiden List A century, hit six fours and three sixes to underpin the Lightning’s 281-8, also including 68 for captain Steven Croft.
Kyle Jarvis then struck four times with the ball as the Falcons slipped from a position of strength in their chase.
They were 114-1 after 22 overs, with Jarvis claiming three of his wickets bowled as the hosts ended up with 254-9.
Both sides failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
WHAT THEY SAID
Jordan Clark is relishing the chance to continue the good form, both personally and team wise, at a venue he always likes visiting.
Clark has been in excellent touch with bat and ball this season.
The all-rounder and Dane Vilas, who shared a brilliant sixth-wicket stand of 160 against the Rapids yesterday to get the Lightning up to 313-5, are the only two Lancashire batsmen to have gone beyond 200 runs for the competition.
Vilas leads the way with 281 and Clark has 260 - 79 of them came yesterday.
The 26-year-old Cumbrian is also the county’s leading 50-over wicket-taker with nine from five outings, including four-for yesterday.
“We try to win every game, and the aim now is to come away from Blackpool with our third win the bag,” he said.
“It’s great for me to be going back to Blackpool because it doesn’t really bounce and you can just get on your front dog and whack it!”
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