MATCH PREVIEW: Derbyshire vs Lancashire
Derbyshire v Lancashire, Royal London one-day Cup, North Division
Sunday June 3, 2018
The 3aaa County Ground, Derby
Lancashire head into their penultimate fixture with an outside chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
They face a Derbyshire side who sit top of the group with four wins from their six matches, including beating Northamptonshire at Wantage Road by 51 runs last night. They have eight points and are level on points with Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
The Red Rose currently sit sixth in the table on five points from six matches with two wins and a No Result. They must win both of their remaining outings to have any chance of a top three finish and qualification.
One thing that may help them is their net run-rate of 1.307 being the best in the competition, North or South Group, although number of wins is the first separator for teams finishing tied on points.
Lancashire’s second and final group game is against Yorkshire at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday. Both tomorrow and that fixture are 11am starts.
Given the strength of Lancashire’s win over Leicestershire at Oakham School on Thursday, by nine wickets with 24.1 overs to spare chasing 173, it would be no surprise to see Glen Chapple and Liam Livingstone stick with the same team.
Matt Parkinson continued his excellent competition with four wickets and is the joint leading wicket-taker with 14 alongside Middlesex spinner Ravi Patel, while Livingstone hit his second successive half-century.
Derbyshire are definitely an re-emerging force in limited overs cricket.
Quarter-finalists in last season’s T20 Blast, the Falcons are in an extremely strong position to advance beyond the group stages of this competition. If they hold top spot, they would secure direct passage into the semi-finals with a home tie.
Captained by Billy Godleman, who scored a century in the win over Northants, his opening partner Ben Slater is also in excellent form. He hit 94 yesterday and a century in defeat to Yorkshire on Wednesday.
Their bowling attack is spearheaded by current and former international seamers Ravi Rampaul and Duanne Olivier from the West Indies and South Africa. Rampaul has taken eight wickets in his last two matches.
Unfortunately, former Lancashire all-rounder Luis Reece suffered a broken metatarsal against Yorkshire and will be out for months, not weeks.
Lancashire chased down a revised 18-over target of 161 in a thriller at Blackpool last May.
Rain affected this North Group clash between two mid-table sides, both hoping to seal a top three berth.
Derbyshire, invited to bat, initially posted 132-2 from 21.3 overs before their innings was ended by the weather shortly before 3pm. When play resumed at 5.30pm, the Red Rose task was a tough one.
But Stephen Parry was their hero with 22 not out off nine balls as he helped take 27 off the last two overs, winning by three wickets with a ball to spare. However, it was not enough to help Lancashire reach the knockouts.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“We know we’re in trouble, and it’s quite frustrating,” said captain Liam Livingstone. “But when our backs are against the wall, that’s when we come out fighting.
“Leicester was pretty much a complete performance, which is quite nice. Hopefully we can now finish off with two more wins and see where we are.”
Livingstone was also full of praise for Matt Parkinson, who claimed a superb 4-31 from 10 overs last time out.
“He’s brilliant,” he said. “He’s 21, and he’s one of those who always wants to bowl in the big moments in games.
“He’s not scared to have men in the ring, he always wants to take wickets. People are really struggling to know what to do with him. He’s a great weapon for us to have, and hopefully he can keep developing.”