Guest and Lilley lead Lancashire to victory over Durham
Brooke Guest’s unbeaten knock of 57 guided Lancashire to a four-wicket win over Durham, to make it three victories in a row in the Second XI Trophy.
Skipper Aron Lilley also played a key role, blasting a crucial 40 from just 25 deliveries to take his side to the brink of victory at Emirates Riverside.
Lilley asked Durham to bat after winning the toss earlier in the day, but the hosts made a good start and were 103-1 around the halfway point in their allotted 50 overs.
But spinner Jack Morley helped turn the Red Rose’s fortunes around when he bowled Liam Trevaskis for 37, and Sam Oldham soon dismissed top scorer Michael Jones for 55.
Oldham finished with figures of 3-35 from eight overs, and with Morley and Danny Lamb picking up two apiece, the hosts’ innings subsided to 201 all out with 15 balls of their allocation unused.
Lancashire lost wickets at regular intervals until Guest and Oldham steadied the ship with a partnership of 46 to take the score to 140, before Oldham was the fifth wicket to fall.
Chris Benbow’s side still required 62 at just over a run a ball, but Lilley’s aggressive innings, featuring seven fours, saw him dominate as he and Guest put on 56 in seven overs.
Guest and Toby Lester took Lancashire over the winning line with two overs to spare, giving the the squad momentum going into the three-day Second XI Championship match at the same venue starting on 5 June.