Solanki and Hughes tons in vain

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Vikram Solanki and Phil Hughes both hit centuries but Worcestershire still fell to a 12-run defeat to Lancashire on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Old Trafford.

After being invited to bat first the Royals' pair shared their county's highest-ever second-wicket partnership in List A cricket to underpin a total of 259 for nine.

Their 208-run stand inside 32 overs helped Worcestershire recover from four for one after Moeen Ali had been trapped lbw by Sajid Mahmood.

Solanki led the way with 121 off 107 balls, including eight fours and five sixes, while Australian left-hander Hughes hit nine fours and two sixes in his 111-ball 104, following on from his 111 in their previous match against Middlesex.

Worcestershire, however, lost eight wickets for 47 runs in just 33 balls to slip from 212 for one and give the hosts the momentum going into their chase, which was revised to 131 off 19 overs after an hour and 25 minutes of rain.

Vikram Solanki

Vikram Solanki's brutal 121 from just 107 deliveries fails to save Worcestershire from slipping to a 12-run defeat against Lancashire

Lancashire had reached 69 for one from 11.4 when the rain arrived thanks to a fourth successive half-century from former Worcestershire batsman Stephen Moore.

When play briefly resumed Moore added eight runs to be unbeaten on 60 from 52 balls as Lancashire reached 95 for one from 14.1 overs. Steven Croft also added an important unbeaten 19 off 14.

More rain then arrived to end the contest and lift the Red Rose up to second place in Group A.

Ajmal Shahzad took three of four wickets to fall in the final over of the Worcestershire innings, including Hughes caught behind, Ben Scott lbw and Alexei Kervezee caught at backward point off a leading edge.

Having bowled James Cameron in the 38th over, he finished with 4-51 from eight overs.

Worcestershire's late collapse meant the scoreboard had the strange look of having no batsmen in double figures, with Solanki and Hughes having passed 100.

Despite some clean striking from the pair, they were happy to tick along without taking too many chances until the batting powerplay commenced with their side at 153 for one at the start of the 30th over.

Hughes hit Shahzad for four and six over midwicket off successive deliveries as he helped take 16 off one over and a total of 40 in the powerplay.

Solanki struck the majority of his sixes down the ground, ranging between long-off and long-on, while Hughes targeted midwicket.

The pair's partnership beat the unbroken 204 shared between Tom Moody and Graeme Hick in a List A match against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo whilst on a pre-season tour in 1991.

But it was not enough as Lancashire, whose only wicket to fall was Ashwell Prince bowled by Moeen, recovered to secure their third win from four.

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