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Clinical Katich takes Red Rose home

Simon Katich hit a match-winning 57 from 37 balls to lead Lancashire Lightning to a five-wicket Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Surrey at Guildford.

When Gareth Cross, who contributed an unbeaten 24 off 15 balls, joined his captain in the middle, the visitors still needed a testing 76 in nine overs for their Group B victory.

But Katich, pictured, breezed to an unbeaten half-century and saw the Red Rose home by five wickets.

The Australian took the game by the scruff of the neck, pulling Jon Lewis off the front foot for six and clubbing five successive fours off Zander de Bruyn.

Cross got in on the act when launching Jade Dernbach back over his head for a maximum to shave the requirement to 25 in five with the batting powerplay still to come.

Earlier in the day, Jason Roy and Steven Davies – with 50 and 53 respectively – laid the foundations for what should have been a mammoth total by putting on 101 for the first wicket.

The latter hit three sixes en route to a 26-ball half-century as Surrey raced to 100 without loss inside 12 overs.

Davies would have had a fourth maximum had it not been for an excellent catch on the midwicket boundary by Stephen Moore.

Roy moved to a run-a-ball fifty before backing away and toe-ending an attempted cut off Jordan Clark through to the wicketkeeper.

Ricky Ponting had just five when he was caught at deep midwicket by Ashwell Prince, who then lost balance and stepped over the rope.

But, in the 20th over, the former Australia captain was beaten by Moore’s direct hit from midwicket to leave Surrey 139 for three.

Six overs later, Katich pulled off a superb one-handed catch at cover off Steven Croft to see the back of Vikram Solanki for 34.

Glen Chapple returned to the fray to trap Gary Wilson lbw and Surrey continued to falter with Azhar Mahmood holing out to long-on and, three balls later, Zafar Ansari going caught behind off Kyle Hogg without scoring.

Lewis went to a skied pull, but de Bruyn and Chris Tremlett gave the hosts a competitive total by adding an unbeaten 44 in less than five overs.

The final over saw Hogg lifted for two straight sixes, the second of which took de Bruyn’s contribution to 34 off 26 balls.

In reply, Lancashire were handed a decent start by Prince and Moore.

Prince, who launched Ansari for a straight six, reached his fifty in 43 deliveries, but not before Lewis had struck with 85 on the board by having Moore caught off a leading edge for 30.

Prince and Croft combined for a further 55 in nine overs before the latter was caught behind off Dernbach.

The turning point appeared to come when Azhar had Prince caught at mid-off for 76 and Brown chopped on next ball.

But Clark kept the visitors in the hunt by hitting 27 in as many deliveries before handing the baton to Katich.

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