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Morley, Hartley combine to down Derbyshire

Morley, Hartley combine to down Derbyshire

The young left-arm spinners combined for seven second innings wickets to finish the Bob Willis Trophy on a high


A sensational spell of bowling from young left-arm spinners Jack Morley and Tom Hartley led Lancashire to victory inside the final hour of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Derbyshire. 

The visitors lost six wickets for 17 runs in a frenetic half hour period after lunch that saw them go from 118/2 to 135/8 thanks to the Red Rose's young left arm duo.

Not even a brave rear-guard action from Mattie McKiernan and Sam Conners could save Derbyshire who were eventually bowled out for 202, 178 runs short of their 381 target.

The determined tail end pair shared a ninth wicket partnership of 60 runs in just over 36 overs which frustrated Lancashire for 107 minutes until Conners fell for nine, LBW to Morley.

McKiernen had time to reach his maiden First-Class half century, but he became the last man out when Danny Lamb trapped him in front for 55 to finish with 3/12.

It topped an incredible game for Lamb on a personal level, who made his maiden First-Class fifty before the declaration came earlier in the morning and then finished with career-best match figures of 7/72.

Before their afternoon collapse, Derbyshire had been progressing nicely with Luis Reece reaching his half century off 127 balls before he became Morley's first victim caught by Keaton Jennings at slip for 69 after an attempted sweep.

Leus du Plooy was next, trapped in front by Hartley for 34, before Fynn Hudson Prentice edged the same bowler to Jennings for one.

Matt Critchley had his off stump uprooted by Morley for seven, Anul Dal was adjudged lbw off Hartley for three with Harvey Hosein's dismissal LBW to Morley for six ending a miserable session for Derbyshire.

Earlier in the day, Derbyshire had moved on 56/2 at lunch after an especially productive morning for Lamb who continued his fine game by reaching his half-century during a shot-filled first half hour of the day that saw Lancashire add 43 runs in just over five overs.

Lamb was joined by teenager George Balderson who finished on 61 not out after he completed his own maiden First-Class half century the previous evening as Lancashire declared on 356/6 declared.

Lamb then took up where he left off in the first innings as Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman edged to Rob Jones at second slip for four, and struck again when Wayne Madsen was adjudged lbw by umpire Graham Lloyd for nine to leave Derbyshire 20 for two.

But it was a day to savour for Lancashire's young spin twins who twirled their way throughout the majority of a sun-drenched afternoon with Morley finishing 4/64 and Hartley closing on 3/79, the pair delivering 67 overs between them on the final day.



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