Surrey shatter Lancashire hopes
Surrey produced a dominant display at Old Trafford to all but end Lancashire’s chances of progression in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Rory Hamilton-Brown’s side won by eight wickets with 16.1 overs to spare in their pursuit of 166, consigning the Lightning to their fourth defeat in six matches and a second against Surrey this year.
Surrey’s position in Group A is much healthier, having won three out of four games.
Lancashire, reduced to 39 for five, recovered to 165 thanks to stand-in skipper Mark Chilton’s 68 off 78 balls and Luke Sutton’s 47 off 68.
But identical spells of 3-29 from eight overs for Andre Nel and Jade Dernbach had put the visitors on top after Chilton elected to bat.
Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies added 113 inside 15 overs for the first Surrey wicket and Davies top-scored with an entertaining 82 not out off 69 balls, including eight fours and three sixes.
A sixth-wicket partnership of 108 between Chilton and Sutton had earlier got the hosts up to 147 for five in the 35th over before the former was bowled by Nel.
It was the first of four wickets to fall in the four overs of batting powerplay, with Dernbach having Kyle Hogg caught behind by Davies. Stephen Parry was involved in the run-out of Sutton before he was caught behind off Nel in the same over.
Daren Powell holed out to long-on off Chris Tremlett as Lancashire were bowled out with three balls to spare.
Tremlett sparked the early collapse when he trapped Tom Smith lbw in the second over. Paul Horton was then caught behind off Nel before Dernbach grabbed his first wicket fortuitously in the 10th over.
Ashwell Prince was caught at third man by Usman Afzaal with the ball coming off the back of the bat as the left-hander tried to play through midwicket.
When Steven Croft was run out in the next over, Lancashire were 33 for four. Stephen Moore then dragged a Dernbach slower ball on to his stumps to leave them five down in the 12th.
Chilton and Sutton combined for 23 overs but it was evident early on in the Surrey chase that their efforts would be in vain.
Hamilton-Brown, who hit 10 fours and a six in his 65 off 46 balls, and Davies negated the threat of England pace bowler Anderson.
And their dominance was highlighted when they took the batting powerplay with the score 91 without loss after 12.
Hamilton-Brown, the 22-year-old skipper, went to the second one-day fifty of his career off 35 balls – his first was against Lancashire earlier in the competition - with a straight six off the left-arm spin of Parry.
Davies had already hit three maximums - one off Smith and two off Powell - and he reached his fifty off 47 deliveries.
Lancashire’s only successes with the ball were when Smith bowled Hamilton-Brown off his pads and Laurie Evans swept Croft’s off-spin to Anderson at short fine-leg.