Seconds suffer close Derbyshire defeats
Visitors run out winners in two tight games at Westhoughton
Saqib Mahmood and Liam Livingstone made their return from injury for the Second XI as they suffered close defeats at the hands of Derbyshire yesterday (Monday 22 July) at Westhoughton.
Mahmood skippered the side for the second match, taking 2/28 off his four overs, while Livingstone opened up in Game One.
They could not prevent Chris Benbow's side from falling to tight defeats, first by two wickets and then by four runs.
George Lavelle's unbeaten 51 boosted Lancashire to 141/6 in the first match, supported well by opener Ed Fluck (36) before putting on a stand of 43 with Haseeb Hameed.
Lavelle accelerated at the end, scoring 22 off all 11 balls of a partnership with Tom Hartley, to post a competitive total.
Tom Lace handed the visitors a quick start but regular wickets halted their progress. Thomas Wood top-scored with 41 but when he became Robert Lord's second wicket, Derbyshire still needed 22 from 15 deliveries.
A six in the 19th over proved pivotal, though, as they snuck home with a ball to spare.
In Game Two, Lancashire were set a target of 158 to win after wickets for Mahmood (2), Hartley (1) and Lord (1).
Opener Fluck went off at a quick rate, striking four sixes over the leg side in making 28 off 13 balls as Benbow's men reached 35 early in the fourth over.
But despite 24 from Rob Jones, the chase looked all-but done at 113/8 from 15.4 as Stephen Parry joined Hartley at the crease.
Their stand was worth 40 in just 26 balls and the pair managed to get within seven runs with two balls remaining, but a leg bye and a single saw Derbyshire run out victorious.
The Seconds are back in action at Westhoughton tomorrow (Wednesday 24 July), where they face Leicestershire in two more T20 matches.