Second XI play out T20 doubleheader with Derbyshire
Second XI Championship fixture abandonment leads to T20 friendlies for the Twos at Derbyshire
With the start of this summer’s Vitality Blast now less than two weeks away, members of the squad were put through their paces in two, Second XI T20 friendly matches against Derbyshire at Belper Meadows CC.
Having lost the toss Lancashire were sent into bat first in the opening game of the day, where they struggled to get going and were all out for 96 in 18.4 overs. Jack Morley who came in at number 9 top scored with 23.
Lancashire made a good start with the ball in Derbyshire’s reply with Liam Hurt (1/7) and Jack Blatherwick (1/6) removing both openers as Derbyshire found themselves 12-2 early on.
A 64-run partnership in the middle overs then however took the game away from Lancashire as Derbyshire chased down their total in 17 overs finishing 102-4 to win the opening match by six wickets.
One positive note for the Red Rose’s however was Richard Gleeson being back in action as he continues to make his return to cricket following a back injury. Gleeson finished with figures of 1/13 from his three overs.
The days second fixture saw a much improved effort with the bat for Lancashire but an ultimately unsuccessful one as Derbyshire won the second game of the day by 5 runs.
Captain for the day Rob Jones sent Derbyshire into bat first having won the toss and the hosts then went onto post 169-4 from their 20 overs.
George Balderson was the pick of the Lancashire bowlers with his figures of 2/12 from 3 overs, while Hurt (1/35) and George Burrows (1/26) also picked up a wicket each.
Balderson then started with the bat as he made 41 off just 22 balls as he and George Lavelle made a 50 run opening partnership as Lancashire found themselves 65-0 at the end of the powerplay.
Once Balderson fell Lancashire lost wickets at regular intervals during their innings with Lavelle (27), Tom Hartley (14) and Jones (36) all reaching double figures but failing to get Lancashire to their target.
Some big hitting from Hurt, who made 17 from 9 including two 6’s got Lancashire closer to their total but fell just short as they finished on 164-8.
The two side’s first XI’s will kick off their Vitality Blast campaign on June 9th as Derbyshire travel to Emirates Old Trafford.
Report by Simon Byrne