Magnificent Davies leads Lancs to huge win over Durham
Magnificent Davies leads Lancs to huge win over Durham
A magnificent career-best one-day innings of 147 by Alex Davies helped Lancashire to a thumping 192-run victory over Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Emirates Old Trafford, the highest winning margin, in terms of runs, by the Red Rose since 1992.
It was a day of Lancashire batting records with Davies and Keaton Jennings posted a 175-run opening partnership, the highest Red Rose first wicket partnership against Durham in one-day cricket, to give the hosts’ a firm grip on the early part of the game after Liam Livingstone won the toss.
And once that partnership was broken, the Red Rose capitalised on the great start to post a formidable total of 314-7.
It proved to be far too many for the visitors who started badly to be 32-4 and never recovered, eventually slumping to 122 all out.
The first 50 runs of the Lancashire innings took just 41 balls as Davies in particular attacked from the start, hitting ten fours to reach his half-century a few overs later from 36 balls and give Lancashire a flying start with 74 runs plundered from the ten-over powerplay.
Jennings, who had started the runs flowing with a nicely timed boundary through square leg from the fourth ball of the day, kept the scoreboard moving with the first six of the match hit into the pavilion seats off Harding and he reached his fifty from 46 balls with Durham unable to halt the onslaught.
The pair sailed past the previous best opening partnership record against Durham of 96 with the hundred arriving in the 15th over as Davies blazed his way to a maiden one-day century off 88 balls.
At that point Jennings was bowled for a fine 73 by Nathan Rimmington in the 29th over to end his sequence of centuries, having scored a hundred in each of his previous three innings.
Karl Brown, returning to the side in place of Arron Lilley in Lancashire’s only change, weighed in with 21 to help Davies add 51 runs for the second wicket to take the score to 226-2 in the 36th over.
To their credit the Durham bowlers fought back as four wickets fell in 21 balls for the addition of 12 runs but Davies and Jordan Clark rallied with a 56-run alliance from 51 balls during the final powerplay.
Davies had made the highest one-day score by a Lancashire batsman at Emirates Old Trafford, and the second highest overall, when he was out for 147 (from 137 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) in the 48th over to depart to a standing ovation.
Clark thumped two big sixes to finish on 48 not out from 44 balls to steer Lancashire to 314-7, their highest one-day score against Durham.
By contrast, Durham made a terrible start to their reply and never looked like recovering from a position of 32-4 in the 10th over.
Vilas struck first in a slightly unusual fashion with a smart piece of work. Standing back to Tom Bailey, Vilas hit the stumps with Collingwood out of his ground after the delivery from Bailey had gone through to the wicketkeeper.
Pringle was lbw to Joe Mennie for 13, Michael Richardson was bowled by Bailey for 1 and Mennie struck again by trapping Graham Clark lbw for 8.
Will Smith and Tom Latham steadied the innings slightly with a 30-run partnership but once Smith was bowled by Livingstone the visitors subsided to be all out for 122 with all five Lancashire bowlers used each claiming two wickets apiece.
It was a comprehensive win that was acknowledged by Alex Davies after the game.
“The lads are buzzing!” he said.
And Davies was thrilled to have made such a telling contribution.
“I feel that a knock like that has been coming for me,” he said. “It did today and I’ve got to remember what I did, what I’m doing well, and keep doing it.
“I’m really happy with how I batted, but happier that it contributed to a win. The team first is the kind of culture we want to live by and that’s what Liam is trying to instil.
“Batting well is fine but we want to win at the end of the day and win trophies.”
Davies also paid tribute to his opening batting partner.
“I love batting with Keaton, he keeps me level and I try and do the same with him.
“He has come off the back of three hundreds in a row. While we are playing well like this we just have to extend it as long as we can.
“I have an optimum state that I need to be in to play well and today just felt nice. They didn’t bowl too well so I just put the bad ball away and played alright,” was his modest assessment.
Davies was pleased to have posted a win after narrowly missing out to Notts a few days earlier.
“I think we feel confident,” he said. “We know we weren’t at our best at all against Notts and yet we came close.
“If we play as well as today and tighten up some areas we will be a tough team to beat.
The batsmen are all starting to come into form at the moment and Davies added: “This competition has come at a good time. It gives you a bit of freedom to express yourself and go out and play.
“Getting the balance of the team right is important for us but when we do get it right we are a tough team to beat.
Dane Vilas continued behind the stumps today and Davies said: “I wasn’t fit enough to keep today, so when we have Dane it makes sense for him to take the gloves.”
And Vilas pulled off a great stumping, standing back, to dismiss Paul Collingwood.
“I was a bit jealous of that one,” admitted Davies.
“I’ve been waiting for one of those for a while.
“We’ll tell Dane that one was a run out, but technically it was a stumping,” he grinned.
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