Lancashire Progress in t20 Event

August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Lancashire are through to the finals day of the Friends Life Twenty20 cricket competition. The northerners clubbed Sussex at the County Ground in Hove, last week, to cement their place in the semi-final of the tournament at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on August 27, 2011. The visitors won by 20 runs, scoring 152, compared to Sussex’s 132.

Batsman, Karl Brown, was an essential part of Lancashire’s victory. The 23-year-old scored 44 runs from 31 balls, including a lofty six that left the ground, landing “in the road”. Brown claimed a total of four sixes and one four in the limited-overs fixture. However, he was outmatched on the scoreboard by fellow Lancashire player, Paul Horton, who claimed an impressive 49 runs from 45 balls. Anyone following the cricket betting odds will have been impressed.

Sussex batsman, Murray Goodwin, described as “key” for the home side, suffered a deceptively painful injury while fielding; he split the webbing between the fingers of his right hand. His performance at the crease, when he was finally able to return to play, was unimpressive.

Goodwin hit ten runs from nine balls, before Sri Lankan bowler, Farveez Maharoof, stole the Rhodesian’s wicket.

Lancashire will now play bottom-of-the-league Leicestershire at the finals day, later this month. Leicestershire are 16 places below Lancashire in the County Championship.

The fixture may appear easy for Lancashire, who are currently favourites for the title in Division One, but the club have only recently broken the apparent curse surrounding their finals appearances in the Friends Life Twenty20. This year’s event marks the first time in three years that Lancashire has progressed beyond the quarterfinals in the competition. The Michael Vaughan Betting Tips suggest finals day will be very tight.

Hampshire, another club that is floundering in the depths of the league, will contest the second semi-final, against Somerset. The south-westerners are no stranger to the limited-overs tournament, having been squashed in the final on two prior occasions. Somerset captain, Marcus Trescothick, says that his side now have “nothing to lose”.


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