PREVIEW: Outlaws v Lightning
Match Preview: Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning, Royal London One-Day Cup
Lancashire are right back in contention and full of confidence they can achieve success in this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup.
Lightning have won three North Group games on the bounce, the last of which came in thrilling fashion against Derbyshire at Blackpool yesterday.
Set a revised target of 161 in 18 overs, Stephen Parry was the hero as he hit 22 off nine balls, including three fours in a row in the penultimate over from the pacy South African Hardus Viljoen.
Lancashire had needed 67 to win off six overs, but they lost wickets regularly to keep the visitors ahead.
Thankfully, Parry turned it around, and it had the feeling of a turning point in their campaign.
Still, there is a lot of hard work to do, starting tomorrow against a Nottinghamshire side at Trent Bridge who can also qualify.
Two wins from their last two games, the latter against Durham at Emirates Riverside on Tuesday, will see the Lightning through to the knockout stage.
There is a scenario which would see Lancashire through if they lose tomorrow and win on Tuesday, but a host of other results would have to go their way along with net run-rate.
Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning
Sunday 14 May
Royal London One-Day Cup
Nottinghamshire sit fifth in the North Group table and still have a top three berth in their sights.
Like Lancashire, they realistically have to win their remaining two games against the Red Rose and Northants to qualify.
They recovered from losing their first two matches to win their next three and put themselves in pole position to qualify until they lost to Durham at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
The Outlaws, coached by Lancashire’s 2011 Championship-winning coach Peter Moores, have a particularly dangerous pace bowling attack, with Stuart Broad, James Pattinson and Jake Ball all available.
England one-day opener Alex Hales will play before linking up with the ODI squad on Monday. He scored a century against Durham.
LAST TIME OUT
Lancashire and Notts had to settle for a point apiece in their last meeting at Blackpool last June as the weather ultimately won the day.
The Lightning were in a very strong position at 157-1 after 33 overs thanks to an unbroken stand of 151 for the second wicket between Alviro Petersen and Luke Procter.
After the early loss of Tom Smith, Petersen had made his way to 73 and Procter 63 as they shared a new List A record partnership for any wicket at Blackpool.
Lancashire have actually won their last two one-day matches at Trent Bridge, albeit dating back to the days of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition in 2011 and 2008 when the likes of Smith and current captain Steven Croft starred.
WHAT THEY SAID
Croft is confident Lancashire can continue their winning run, despite admitting “Trent Bridge is a tough place to go”.
Croft is wary of the power Notts have with bat and ball, but he says that feeling will be reciprocated in the home dressing room.
“Notts are packed full of internationals, and Trent Bridge is a tough place to go. But form’s with us, which will count for a lot,” he said, having contributed an important 26 not out against Derbyshire.
“We have come through some tricky situations and played some good cricket. People have scored runs and bowled well even when we’ve lost.
“It seems like we are getting it together. It will be a good game. I think they’ll be wary that we’ve won three from three, and hopefully we can make it four.”
Parry added: “The most important thing is that we’re enjoying 50-over cricket this year, which in the past has been quite difficult.
“We didn’t have a great start, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. We’ve got some momentum, and it’s enjoyable.
“It’s a fresh start at a tough place, but they’re the games you want because we’ll be really up for it, and it will be nice to beat a good side.”
The other games that are taking place in the Royal London One-Day Cup North Group on Sunday 14 May are:
Warwickshire v Yorkshire Vikings, Edgbaston
Worcestershire Rapids v Durham Jets, New Road
Leicestershire Foxes v Derbyshire Falcons, Grace Road
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