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Lightning breeze past Unicorns

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Steven Croft

Steven Croft was able to take his time over an unbeaten 39 that confirmed Lancashire's triumph at Old Trafford

Lancashire claimed their third win in this season's Clydesdale Bank 40 after thrashing the Unicorns by nine wickets at Old Trafford today.

Having lost four of their opening six Group A matches, coach Peter Moores gave Luke Procter, Karl Brown, Gareth Cross and Gary Keedy their first outings of the summer in this competition.

Unicorns captain Keith Parsons elected to bat but his side only managed only 143 in 39.5 overs.

Parsons and former Glamorgan batsman Michael O'Shea hit 27 apiece, Parsons off 57 balls and O'Shea 37.

They added 45 runs in 11 overs for the fourth wicket but nobody else made it beyond Neil Saker's 20.

Sajid Mahmood, Kyle Hogg, Keedy and Stephen Parry each took two wickets for the Lightning. England Lions left-arm spinner Parry was the pick with 2-18 from eight overs.

Lancashire opener Brown then hit a career-best 65 not out off 80 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

He shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 99 inside 22 overs with Steven Croft to complete the win with 13.2 overs to spare.

Unicorns opener Chris Murtagh had hit two boundaries off Hogg in the first over before he clipped the seamer to Daren Powell at mid-on in the third.

Wicketkeeper Josh Knappett was caught at first slip by captain Paul Horton in the fifth over to hand Hogg his second wicket before Jackson Thompson was run out by a combination of Procter and Hogg two balls later.

Parsons and O'Shea started the recovery from 18 for three but nobody helped out until a ninth-wicket stand between Saker and Chris Brown.

O'Shea was caught by Keedy off Mahmood in the 16th over, an identical dismissal to that of Murtagh, before Parry had Nick Hancock caught behind by Cross.

Keedy bowled Ed Young in the 24th over and Parry, who struck in his first over, had Parsons caught behind in the next to reduce the visitors to 85 for seven.

Glen Querl followed with only eight more runs added to the total before Saker and Karl Brown put on 44 in 11 overs.

Brown was stumped by Cross off Procter before Mahmood forced Saker to chop on in the last over.

Stephen Moore hit five boundaries in a swift 21 off 12 balls; he being was caught down the leg side by Knappett off Querl’s medium-pace with the score at 45.

But Brown and Croft united to complete the win with ease. Brown launched the left-arm spin of Young over long-on for six in the 18th over and the 22-year-old reached his fifty in identical fashion off his namesake. He had faced 62 balls.

A wide from Chris Brown in the 27th over completed the win. Croft finished 39 not out off 68 balls.

Lancashire leapfrog the Unicorns, who have now lost three of their six matches, in Group A.