Hogg holds his nerve for Lancashire
Lancashire survived a major scare to secure a thrilling last-ball Clydesdale Bank 40 win over the Unicorns at Colwyn Bay.
Overcoming a five-wicket haul from medium-pacer Neil Hancock, the Lightning had to score 13 off the final over in their pursuit of 254 for victory.
Kyle Hogg hit 12 of them, including a straight six off Jonathan Miles, to finish 35 not out off 26 balls as Lancashire won by two wickets.
They looked to be cantering to their target after openers Karl Brown and Paul Horton put on 115 inside 21 overs.
But 34 year-old Hancock, formerly of Somerset, returned career-best figures of 5-64 from eight overs to raise hopes of a fourth Unicorns win in Group A.
Lancashire were left needing 93 off 10 overs and it took a 43-ball 51 from Steven Croft to get them back on track even though they kept losing wickets.
Innings of 84 not out off 69 balls and 64 off 70 from Keith Parsons and wicketkeeper Josh Knappett respectively had earlier fired the Unicorns to a competitive 253 for seven.
Luke Procter finished with 3-29 from six overs of medium-pace and Hogg returned an impressive 2-27 from eight.
The Unicorns recovered from 31 for two but they would surely have posted too many for Lancashire had they not lost four wickets in the last nine overs of their innings.
Veteran skipper Parsons and Knappett took a liking to Stephen Parry and Gary Montgomery during a fourth-wicket stand of 120 in 16 overs.
Knappett swept Parry for two sixes into the pavilion, while Parsons smeared Montgomery for a six over midwicket and also pulled Parry over the square-leg boundary.
Procter bowled Michael O’Shea and Neil Saker and also had Hancock caught at deep midwicket.
The young all-rounder had also taken a superb diving catch on the run from deep square-leg to give Daren Powell the early wicket of Jackson Thompson.
Brown then made 64 off 70 balls and Horton 63 off 71 to put Lancashire on top, but Australia-born Hancock bowled Brown off an inside edge, had Mark Chilton chipping to deep midwicket, bamboozled Gareth Cross with a slower ball, bowled Croft and had Procter caught at long-on.
Croft hit three sixes - two off successive balls before he was bowled - and four fours to keep Lancashire in the hunt.
Parry was bowled by Miles and Powell was run out, but Hogg, who hit only one other boundary in addition to his six, and Gary Keedy ensured there was to be no shock.