Junaid sets up Lancashire romp
Junaid Khan starred as Lancashire continued their climb up the Friends Life t20 North Group with a thumping 10-wicket win over Derbyshire at Old Trafford.
The Pakistan left-armer bowled with considerable pace as he picked up three wickets for the first time in his fledgling career to restrict the visitors to just 81 for eight after Luke Sutton had elected to bat first.
Lancashire opener Stephen Moore made a mockery of the total with 54 not out off 33 balls, including four sixes, as victory was secured with 11 overs to spare.
It was the hosts’ second 10-wicket win this summer and also the quickest 10-wicket win in the history of English t20 cricket.
Junaid, 21, who also took two wickets in Friday’s win over Durham, struck twice in his first two overs today, having Wes Durston and Garry Park caught behind by Gareth Cross to reduce Derbyshire to 24 for three in the fifth over.
Junaid also held a tough high chance at mid-on in the next over to help fellow overseas player Farveez Maharoof get rid of the dangerous Martin Guptill for eight.
Derbyshire, who started the game level with their hosts on 10 points from 11 matches, never recovered as they posted the lowest total in their 20-over history - and the fifth lowest this competition has seen.
Chesney Hughes and Ross Whiteley tried to mount a fightback with a stand of 29 for the fifth wicket but the former played on to Maharoof in the 13th over.
Left-arm spinners Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy also struck, as did Sajid Mahmood, before Junaid returned at the death to bowl Jon Clare and complete figures of 3-12.
Left-handed Hughes top-scored with 16 as Derbyshire managed a paltry four fours in the innings.
Moore then blazed a trail at the top of the Lancashire order. He and Tom Smith took 28 off the first three overs, the former hitting straight sixes off Durston’s off-spin and Clare’s medium-pace.
Smith survived a rare drop from New Zealander Guptill off Durston and Lancashire brought up the 50 stand in the sixth over, their fifth in this season’s competition.
Moore hit his third six off Clare before Smith got in on the act by slog-sweeping Hughes. Moore’s fourth six, also off Hughes, brought up a 32-ball half-century as Lancashire romped home.