Lancashire up and running in Vitality Women's T20 comp
Lancashire Women enjoyed two convincing victories over North East Warriors in Durham
Lancashire kicked off the 2021 Vitality Women's T20 competition with two big away wins against North East Warriors at Burnopfield CC.
Both matches in the T20 double header followed similar suit with Lancashire batting first and posting large totals, before restricting their opponents to less than 100 and taking eight wickets in each innings.
Emma Lamb - who starred in both matches - hit an unbeaten century in Game One as the Red Rose posted 178-3. Lamb batted through the 20 to score 119 from just 73 balls, becoming the second Lamb to score a ton for Lancashire after brother Danny did the same for the men at Kent 48 hours earlier.
An excellent opening spell from Alex Hartley - who finished with figures of 3/6 from four overs - all but took the game away from the Warriors who limped to 61-8 as Lancashire opened their account with a 117-run win. Hannah Jones (1/9), Alice Dyson (1/7), and Lamb (1/8) were also amongst the wickets during a fine performance from the Red Rose bowlers.
Lancashire batted first again in Game Two and it this time it was the turn of Lamb's opening partner Georgie Boyce to star. Boyce crashed 96 not out from 73 balls - with support from Ellie Threlkeld (19) and overseas signing Piepa Cleary (11*) to post 146-2.
The Lancashire attack kept things tight early on and struck with wickets as the pressure of the chase began to increase. All-rounder Lamb completed her outstanding day by taking 3/17 as the hosts were restricted to 86-8.
Hartley (1/10), Jones (1/16) and Dyson (1/12) all claimed a wicket each while Nat Brown (1/5) and Laura Jackson (1/3) opened their wicket taking accounts for 2021 as Lancashire completed their second victory of the opening day by 60 runs.
In addition to this, the Northern Representative XI - containing players from Lancashire and Yorkshire - won both matches against Scotland A at Leyland CC. Notable Lancashire performances came from Liberty Heap (35 & 2/17), Sophia Turner (2/13 & 2/19), Amelia Sammons (2/28) and Daisy Mullan (31* & 1/25).
There were also a number of players from Lancashire who played for Cumbria against Yorkshire as part of the dual-registration process for player development. Yorkshire came out on top in both matches, however Lancashire's Laura Marshall hit 51 in Game Two.
Lancashire are back in action on Bank Holiday Monday (3 May) when they face Scotland A twice at Carnforth CC. The matches will be played behind-closed-doors.