Trevaskis stands firm as Lancs collapse to four-run Blast defeat
Lancashire contrived to lose a tense Vitality Blast match against Durham Jets by four runs at Emirates Old Trafford after being seemingly well-set to take the honours. A late collapse, and a last over that saw three wickets fall for one run to the Jets’ 19 year-old left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis, ended with the visitors clinching a remarkable and unlikely win.
With six runs needed off the final over Trevaskis kept his nerve to take wickets off the second, fourth and fifth deliveries, in-between two dot balls, to stun everyone in the 8,712 crowd. That left six runs still required from the final delivery and Trevaskis was mobbed by his team-mates after allowing just a single to complete a stunning victory.
Durham looked to have posted an under-par total following impressive bowling performances by Zahir Khan, signed yesterday by Lancashire for the remainder of the season, and Danny Lamb playing in his third T20 match, as both bowlers returned figures of 2-19 from 4 overs to help restrict the Jets to 154-7 from their 20 overs.
The visitors had won the toss and made a steady start, reaching 47-1 off the 6-over powerplay with James Faulkner capturing the wicket of Tom Latham with his first ball after the New Zealand opener edged down the leg side to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas for 14.
Graham Clark thumped two sixes and three fours in his 17-ball innings of 29 but perished the ball after sweeping his second maximum when Matt Parkinson cleverly held the ball back a touch and the batsman mistimed his sweep to be caught at deep mid-wicket by his brother Jordan to leave Durham on 56-2.
But the Jets became becalmed following the introducing of Zahir in the 7th over, the left-arm leg spinner striking in his second over when bowling Trevaskis for 4. And Khan next trapped Paul Collingwood lbw for a run-a-ball 26 at the start of the 12th over to leave the score on 79-4.
James Weighell brought up the 100 with a six in the 15th over but perished for 12 when slicing a drive off Lamb to Arron Lilley on the point boundary.
It took some big hitting by Will Smith with three late sixes in making an unbeaten 37 from 32 balls to get Durham up to any sort of respectable score, with 46 runs coming from the final four overs of the innings. How crucial those runs proved to be.
Lancashire lost Karl Brown to the fourth ball of their reply, Weighell taking a good diving catch off the bowling of Chris Rushworth, but Alex Davies and Arron Lilley combined to great effect, blasting their way to a fifty partnership off 28 balls.
Davies pulled Rushworth for 6 over backward square leg and drove Weighell for a second maximum while Lilley clobbered Nathan Rimmington over the point boundary for another.
Lilley was run out for 28 (off 17 balls) to leave Lancashire well placed on 78-2 after 8 overs while Davies went on to reach his fifth T20 half-century of the season, equalling the record for most fifties in a season by a Lightning batsman.
It was a fine innings by Davies that spanned 33 balls and included 5 fours and two sixes, ended when he nicked wrist spinner Ben Whitehead to wicketkeeper Poynton for 53 with Lancashire 88-3 in the 10th over.
That left the Lightning needing a run-a-ball target of 67 which Vilas and Steven Croft reduced by 26 before Croft was caught and bowled for 16 off a leading edge by Trevaskis.
Vilas made 23 to steer Lancashire to within 25 runs of their target with 21 balls left before top edging a catch to Latham at cover off Whitehead.
But a six over extra cover by Clark off the second ball of the 19th over brought the target down to 13 off 10 balls before Clark was caught at long-off from Rimmington’s next delivery.
Lamb pulled the last ball of the over for four to leave 6 required off the final over and in the mayhem that followed it was Trevaskis who triumphed, finishing with 4-16 and the Man of the Match award.
Dane Vilas was still wondering how Lancashire had contrived to lose the game when he spoke afterwards.
“It was very disappointing,” he admitted. “It was similar to the other night where we had ‘won’ the game and ended up losing it somehow.
“We knew chasing a score like that, the powerplay would be crucial. Al (Davies) and Lill (Arron Lilley) got us off to the perfect start.
“We were really happy with that going into the last ten overs. You would back yourself nine times out of ten to chase that score.
“So we were in a great position. But credit to Durham, they believed they were still in the game, they stuck at it and knew a couple of wickets would change things.
“Sometimes it’s hard to beat a team that’s all in it together, so fair play to them.
“You need someone to take the bull by the horns and take the pressure, and get us over the line. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be for us. Instead they did it. Their guy was up for the challenge, and pulled it off. I don’t think you are going to see that again for a long time.
“We’ve got to focus on each game at a time now. We’ve got a massive game coming up on Thursday in the Roses match. That’s going to be huge in itself, so our focus is just on that. “
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