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Win for Lancashire Cricket Academy at Notts

Win for Lancashire Cricket Academy at Notts

Win for Lancashire Cricket Academy at Notts

Lancashire Cricket Academy came out on top in a tight game away to Nottinghamshire to win by four wickets, in front of watching England Under 19 head coach Jon Lewis. 

The home side won the toss and chose to bat first on a used, dry wicket at Lady Bay CC and made a positive start through opener Lyndon James (57) and number three Savin Perera (65). 

However Lancashire's bowlers stuck to their task well and recovered from 112/2 to dismiss Notts for 206, inside 45 overs.

George Balderson (3/43), Ben Gibbon (3/34) and Muhammad Ahmad (2/51) were the pick of the Red Rose bowlers.

Louis Botes and Jack Morley also chipped in with a wicket each, as Lancashire took the final six Notts wickets for just 31 runs. 


The momentum was firmly with the visitors, who made a bright start with the bat and looked in control at 98/2, Jack Crawley (19), Sam Oldham (41) and George Lavelle (27) all making starts. 

But three quick Notts wickets shared between J Evison and Chris Gibson reduced Lancashire to 107/5 in the 26th over. 

However a crucial partnership of 66 followed, between Sam Perry and Balderson, which steadied the innings to take the Red Rose within touching distance of their target.

When Balderson was dismissed for 23, it was left to Gibbon (9*) to join Perry and get their side over the line, with the impressive Perry finishing 65 not out from 82 balls, to seal the win with five overs left. 

Academy Director, Gary Yates was delighted with the performance against a tough opponent, "This was a very positive all round team performance, against a strong Nottinghamshire Academy side.

"From a bowling perspective I was delighted with how we reacted quickly to the pitch and stuck to the task of bowling full and straight. Half way through the innings Nottinghamshire looked like they would go on to score in excess of 250.

"With the bat, the 66 run sixth wicket partnership between Sam Perry and George Balderson was crucial, especially at a time when the match was in the balance. Sam saw the team home with a very mature and outstanding innings of 65 not out."

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