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Croft hails Lancashire bowlers

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Steven Croft paid tribute to Lancashire's efforts in the field after they progressed to Friends Life t20 finals day with a 20-run victory over Sussex.

The Red Rose successfully defended a score of 152 for eight at the PROBIZ County Ground to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in four years.

“We thought 150 would probably be par here,“ Croft, who was standing in as captain for Glen Chapple, told ecb.co.uk.

“We lost a couple of wickets at the end and wouldn’t have minded 160-165. But we have such a strong bowling attack that we back up in the field.

"We’ve defended 110 in the past and we thought 150 would be just enough. The five bowlers we used were again brilliant and outstanding.”

Ahead of news that his side had drawn Leicestershire in the last four, Croft insisted Lancashire would stand up to any of their three potential opponents, having taken confidence from their recent good form.

Sajid Mahmood & Steven Croft

Steven Croft congratulates Sajid Mahmood after the paceman had struck to remove Lou Vincent in the first over. "The five bowlers we used were again brilliant and outstanding," said Lancashire's skipper

“It’s a brilliant feeling. I think we used our momentum well and hopefully we’ll bring it into the semis and the final,” he said. “It’s our main aim to get there on finals day anyone can beat anyone.”

“It’s massive for the club. We’re still in the championship. To make finals day was the main aim, and you never know after that.”

Karl Brown shared the game’s highest partnership of 61 with Paul Horton.

Although Brown’s 44 came from just 31 deliveries and contained four sixes, he believes patience was key.

“The first four or five balls were dots and I got a little bit worried then. But I managed to get one away and after that I felt fine,” said the 23-year old.

“You needed to give yourself a few balls to used to the pace of the pitch. Credit to our lads, I think they bowled really well.”

Attention now turns to Edgbaston for finals day on August 27 and Brown is eager to help his side to their first domestic t20 trophy.

“I can’t wait. I’ve never been there before and think it’s going to be a great experience,” he added.

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