Northants crumble to Kerrigan
Northamptonshire Steelbacks lost six wickets for 15 runs in 26 balls as Lancashire Lightning romped to a 69-run win in the Friends Provident t20 at Old Trafford.
Set 158 to win, the visitors slumped from 42 for one in the sixth over to 57 for seven in the 10th before they were bowled out for a paltry 88.
Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan claimed two wickets apiece during Northants’ collapse as Mal Loye, Andrew Hall and Nicky Boje fell in quick succession.
Kerrigan finished with 3-17, while fellow slow left-armer Stephen Parry claimed 2-12 and Chapple 2-15 from three overs.
The hosts, boosted by Tom Smith’s career-best 67 off 47 balls, have now won both their North Division matches.
Lancashire, who elected to bat, reached 50 after eight overs for the loss of only Paul Horton before Smith reached his second fifty in Twenty20 cricket, off just 32 deliveries.
The left-hander, who hit 44 in his side’s opening win at Durham last Friday, later scooped Chaminda Vaas for four but was dismissed next ball, stumped off a Vaas wide.
He was followed back to the pavilion by Australian Simon Katich, who made 26 and helped add 69 for the second wicket with Smith before he was bowled through the gate by Vaas.
Stephen Moore and Steven Croft kept the innings motoring as they combined for an entertaining fourth-wicket partnership.
Croft had a slice of luck when he was bowled off a Hall no-ball on 17, and deepened the Northants captain’s misery when he holed out at deep square-leg off the ensuing free hit.
The pair put on 39 in less than four overs before Croft, having made 19, found Nicky Boje at deep midwicket off Vaas. The Sri Lanka seamer finished with 3-32, while Moore made 27 not out off 16 balls.
Northants openers Loye and Lou Vincent - both former Lancashire players - started in blistering fashion by taking 23 off the first two overs.
New Zealander Vincent, who spent the latter half of the 2008 season at Old Trafford, has signed for the Steelbacks for 10 days until Zimbabwean Elton Chigumbura arrives.
However, he had made just nine when he slapped Sajid Mahmood straight to Katich at point in the third over.
Loye struck 22 off 16 balls, including two switch-hits for four off Kerrigan in the second over, but his departure - caught by Moore at midwicket off Chapple - sparked Northants’ collapse.
Hall fell in the same over, Alex Wakely was bowled by Parry and Boje was run out by Mark Chilton.
Kerrigan had Paul Harrison caught behind and Vaas taken at midwicket in the space of four balls before Niall O’Brien, who made 19, reverse-swept him to Chilton at short third man.
Parry and Croft added further wickets to end the contest with 13 balls of the Northants innings unused.