Parry and Keedy turn on the style
Left-arm spinners Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy shared five wickets to help set up Lancashire’s comprehensive win over Yorkshire in the Roses Twenty20 Cup clash at Old Trafford.
Parry claimed 3-20 and Keedy 2-23 as Yorkshire were restricted to just 105 for eight, despite 36 off 31 balls from Michael Vaughan, his highest Twenty20 score.
Lancashire were barely inconvenienced in reply, Ashwell Prince hitting 44 off 36 balls and opener Tom Smith making a patient unbeaten 22 as the hosts cruised home with six wickets and 4.3 overs to spare.
Yorkshire, who won the toss and elected to bat, got off to the worst possible start when Andrew Gale pulled the first ball of the match, a waist-high full toss from occasional leg-spinner Francois Du Plessis, to a diving Steven Croft at deep backward square-leg.
Vaughan and Anthony McGrath set about the recovery mission, the former hitting Sajid Mahmood for consecutive boundaries in the fourth over.
They took 31 runs off the first six overs of fielding restrictions, but their second-wicket stand yielded just two more when McGrath was bowled by Keedy.
Vaughan, who made 35 off 30 balls against Leicestershire yesterday, demonstrated his ability to improvise with a deft reverse-swept four off Keedy in the ninth over before planting fellow Parry for six over midwicket.
But, in trying to repeat the blow later in the over, he fell foul of the leading contender for catch of the season by Croft, a sensational one-handed catch above his head as he left the ground.
Adam Lyth, Jacques Rudolph and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan followed in quick succession to Glen Chapple, Keedy and Parry respectively to reduce Yorkshire to 66 for six in the 14th over.
Rain forced the players off the field with the score 77 for six early, but when they returned only Richard Pyrah's unbeaten 26 off 29 balls gave Yorkshire any kind of impetus.
Lancashire made a thrilling start to their chase as Croft, fresh from three catches, hit 21 off nine balls.
Although they took 47 runs off the first six overs, it came at a cost of three wickets, two of them to veteran pace bowler Deon Kruis and the other to left-arm spinner David Wainwright.
That was where Prince and Smith joined forces in a fourth-wicket stand of 60, before Mark Chilton helped Smith finish the job.