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Lightning vs Sharks: One night in 2011

Lightning vs Sharks: One night in 2011

The two sides have only ever met once in T20 cricket. under the Hove lights in 2011



2011 will forever be remembered in the hearts of Lancashire's Members and supporters for one reason only - but there was almost cause for another celebration in the same year.

Lancashire take on Sussex this Thursday at The 1st Central County Ground in the final eight of the Vitality Blast. The only previous T20 meeting between these two sides came in 2011, another Quarter-Final tie at Hove.

It turned out to be a game to remember for the Red Rose, advancing to Finals Day where they would lose out to Leicestershire Foxes via a super over in the semi-final. 

Karl Brown was the cornerstone of the visitors' innings, making 44 from 31 balls, while Paul Horton added a measured 49 as Steven Croft's side were able to defend 152/8.

After winning the toss Lancashire opted to bat first with Stephen Moore and Tom Smith opening proceedings, but it wasn’t the greatest of starts as Moore departed for four after only two balls, and Smith caught for 12.

Croft was able to add 19 to the score before being caught behind, the third wicket inside the powerplay, and it was left to Brown to truly get things up and running for the Red Rose, with the Bolton born batter hitting 44 off 31 balls.

Partnering him was Paul Horton, who was just short of a half century, scoring 49 runs not out, as they swung the momentum of the game in putting on 61 in just under eight overs.

Brown departed to former England spinner Monty Panesar, the pick of Sussex's bowlers 1/15, but Horton's tenacity helped marshal the tail to decent looking score of 152/8

After losing three wickets inside the first six overs, the Red Rose inflicted the same scenario upon the hosts as they came flying out of the blocks. 

Lou Vincent nicked off to Saj Mahmood on his first ball - just the second of the innings - Ben Brown was cleaned up by Farveez Maharoof and Ed Joyce was run out for seven as they dropped to 31/3 in the fourth.

Sussex favourites Chris Nash and Michael Yardy regrouped, looking to take the game deep, putting on 41 in seven overs.

But with the required-run-rate edging up towards ten per over, a double strike by Gary Keedy in the space of two balls but the Lightning well in command.

It was the two set batsmen, too. Nash was stumped by wicketkeeper Cross before Yardy was caught behind from the final ball of the 12th, leaving the score 73/5.

Gary Keedy took the next two for Lancashire, as Chris Nash and Michael Yardy scored 55 between them, with Cross catching both.

Murray Goodwin, who earlier left the field with split webbing, emerged at seven to partner Naved-ul-Hasan. Despite obvious intent, the pair weren't able to put a significant dent in the required rate as the Lightning squeezed through Keedy and Stephen Parry.

Keedy finished with 2/27 while Parry was incredibly miserly, going for just 18 runs off his allocation of four.

Maharoof returned to remove Goodwin and the visitors were edging out of sight with the score at 101/6 and another 51 runs needed off 23 balls.

Boundaries from Naved-ul-Hasan (34 off 27 balls) saw them head into the final over needing a very unlikely 28 to win.

Junaid Khan returned to castle him from the first ball, though, and he added the wicket of Ollie Rayner as the Sharks finished 21 runs short.



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