Match Preview: Lancashire vs Derbyshire Falcons, sponsored by David Lloyd Clubs
Lancashire v Derbyshire, sponsored by David Lloyd Clubs
Royal London One-Day Cup, North Group
Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday May 2, 11am
In-form Lancashire are on course for a place in the knockout stages of the One-Day Cup after a run of four straight wins, the latest against fellow challengers Durham at South Northumberland yesterday.
The Red Rose have beaten Yorkshire, Northants, Leicestershire and Durham in the last 10 days and are third in the North Group table with two games to play.
The top three qualify for the knockout stages late next week, with six teams still able to qualify, including Derbyshire.
Durham were beaten by three wickets as Lancashire chased 230 yesterday. Glenn Maxwell claimed three wickets and Steven Croft hit 99.
Prior to today’s fixtures between Worcestershire and leaders Nottinghamshire and Northants, who are out of contention, and Yorkshire, the table situation is as follows:
Australian Jake Lehmann debuts for Lancashire as their overseas player for the rest of this competition.
Lehmann, the son of Darren, has replaced Glenn Maxwell, who has returned to Australia to begin preparations for the forthcoming World Cup.
A left-handed 26-year-old batsman, Lehmann plays his domestic cricket for South Australia and has scored four fifties in 26 career List A appearances to date, added to seven first-class centuries.
Lehmann has played for Australia A.
His previous taste of county cricket came in a similar short-term deal at Yorkshire towards the end of 2016. He debuted in a Championship draw against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Derbyshire are effectively being led as coach in this competition by former Lancashire batsman Mal Loye.
Dave Houghton is their Head C oach, but has almost taken on more of a director of cricket role through this competition, delegating responsibility to Loye, who coaches with both the Academy and the first team at Derby.
Derby also have Luis Reece in their side, the former Lancashire all-rounder who opens the batting and bowls some left-arm seamers, and Scotland international Mark Watt.
The left-arm spinner played in the T20 Blast for Lancashire last year and claimed an impressive 2-32 from 10 overs in their home win over Warwickshire yesterday
They have New Zealand fast bowler Logan van Beek as their overseas player, while earlier in the competition captain and opener Billy Godleman became the first Derbyshire batsman to score three successive List A centuries.
They beat the Bears yesterday by five wickets chasing 289 to stay in contention.
Lancashire's hopes of qualifying for the knock-out phase ended, despite a 25-run victory at the County Ground last June, which dented Derbyshire's chances of emerging from the North Group.
Liam Livingstone's 86 from 73 balls and Jordan Clark's 51 from 40 took the Red Rose to 290-8.
A century opening stand from Billy Godleman (73) and Ben Slater put Derbyshire on course before Lancashire's spinners turned the game as the home side ended on 265-8. But results elsewhere put Lancashire out of contention.
Matthew Parkinson and Stephen Parry struck twice and Liam Livingstone once as spin prospered. Graham Onions also claimed two-for.
WHAT THEY SAID
Graham Onions was the unlikely hero with the bat against his old county yesterday, hitting two sixes in an unbeaten 16 as Lancashire won a nerve-jangling game by three wickets.
When Onions strode to the crease, Lancashire were seven wickets down needing 32 off 24 balls on a surface which wasn’t the easiest for batting.
His contribution was no doubt part of what he describes as repaying the faith Lancashire showed in him when they signed him from Durham in September 2017.
“Even though the move, without a doubt, has had some challenges, I’m really enjoying my time here,” Onions, 36, said.
“I’ve moved away from my family, who I miss, and there are times when I get a bit lonely and wish I could be home.
“But I had an opportunity to stay at Durham.
“The big thing for me was to prolong my career whilst working with the best strength and conditioning and physios that I’ve ever known.
“Also, the opportunity to coach was massive.
“The winter work I’m doing with the young talent we have here at Lancashire was exactly the reason why I moved.
“From that point of view, I’ve been given an amazing opportunity, and I’m desperate to say ‘Thanks for the faith you’ve put in me’.”
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