Lancashire Rewind: vs Gloucestershire Gillette Cup Semi-Final
Lancashire should have been starting their Division One County Championship fixture today with an early season encounter against Gloucestershire.
With that not being the case, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we thought we'd dig into the archives for a previous game against today's opponents, Gloucestershire, and what a game it turned out to be!
24,079 spectators and millions of television viewers watched what is widely considered as the greatest ever Gillette Cup game.
The match ran from 11am to almost nine in the evening after rain delayed play for an hour after lunch, thus leading to the last moments of the game being played in near darkness.
With four overs remaining and the home side needing 25 to win, Lancashire batsman David Hughes produced an over from the Gods, scoring 24 in the twilight to leave he and Jack Bond the simple task of scoring a single in three overs.
They did, and the spectators went wild, dispersing onto the pitch in their thousands for a party that went long into the night.
Photo - Jack Bond leads his Lancashire side out in the 1971 Gillette Cup final at Lord's.