T20 defeats for Lancashire's Second XI at Durham
Lancashire's Second XI suffered back to back defats in their T20 double header away to Durham at Chester le Street CC.
The days opening game saw Lancashire sent into bat first by the hosts. Runs were hard to come by in the opening overs with Owais Shah managing 13 from 22 and fellow opener George Balderson scoring 11 from 9 deliveries.
George Lavelle’s arrival at the crease brought with it a change of a tempo as he scored 37 from 19 balls including four boundaries and two sixes before he was run out with Lancashire 62-2 at the end of eight overs.
Taylor Cornall went onto top score with 42 not out and captain Rob Jones added a further 27 as the Red Rose’s finished 150-5.
Lancashire made a promising start with the ball as Jack Morley (1/30) picked up a wicket in the opening over of Durham’s reply.
That brought former Ireland international Stuart Poynter to the crease who hit 46 from 21 which ultimately took the game away from Lancashire.
George Burrows (2/32), Josh Boyden (1/29) and Balderson (1/27) all picked up wickets but couldn’t defend the total set for Durham as they reached their target with two balls to spare, ending 151-5 winning the game by five wickets.
Durham once again won the toss and sent Lancashire into bat first in the second game of the day.
Lancashire shuffled their batting order with Cornall and George Bell opening but as in the earlier game runs were difficult to score in the early part of the game.
Cornall (14), Bell (2) and Lavelle (13) all fell early as Lancashire reached 45-3 after seven overs.
Jones (27), Balderson (33) and Shah (29) led the recovery for Lancashire and saw them to a total of 138-7 from their 20 overs.
Wickets from Rob Lord (1/15), Boyden (1/28), Balderson (1/18) and Morley (1/34) weren’t enough for the Red Rose as Durham reached their target with an over to spare, winning by six wickets.
The side will have a chance to put today’s defats behind them when they return to Liverpool for a T20 double header with Leicestershire on June 16.
report by Simon Byrne