Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lightning Grounds Jets to Extend T20 Misery; DURHAM SLIDE TO FOURTH T20 BLAST DEFEAT IN A ROW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lightning Grounds Jets to Extend T20 Misery; DURHAM SLIDE TO FOURTH T20 BLAST DEFEAT IN A ROW

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A CAREER-BEST T20 innings of 61 by Liam Livingstone and some tight leg-spin bowling by Matthew Parkinson guided Lancashire to a routine 31-run victory over Durham at Old Trafford.

The victory was Lancashire's third in six games but left Durham with four defeats to show for their efforts in this season's competition.

Paul Coughlin's side remain on minus four points thanks to the ECB's sanction last October, and their chances of qualifying from the North Group are already very slim.

But there was no doubting the justice of the result of yesterday's game in which Lancashire posted 174 for five, with Durham only producing 143 for eight.

The highlight of Lancashire's innings for most in the crowd was probably Livingstone's halfcentury, which included a couple of sixes off Chris Rushworth, a painful blow on the forearm from the same bowler and a quartet of fours.

But the most effective home batting was produced in the last six overs when Ryan McLaren and Steven Croft put on an unbroken 64 for the sixth wicket, a partnership which hoisted Lancashire to a better-than-par total.

Both batsmen hit sixes off Coughlin's final over of the innings and McLaren's 32 off 18 balls reinforced the view he has been one of his new county's shrewder acquisitions.

But Lightning's progress had initially been checked by the loss of three wickets in the opening nine overs of their innings.

Jos Buttler was caught at backward point by Durham debutant Gareth Harte off Ryan Pringle for only four, and the England batsman's dismissal followed that of Karl Brown, brilliantly caught by a diving Harte off Rushworth for eight.

Arron Lilley was pouched by wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter off Coughlin for 12.

But Durham's delight at making those early breakthroughs was dulled by a shoulder injury suffered by Adam Hickey, who was forced to leave the field after failing to complete a diving catch off Lilley.

Pringle had Livingstone leg before in the 12th over when playing a rather ugly sweep and the off-spinner also dismissed Dane Vilas to finish with three for 30.

But McLaren and Croft ensured Lancashire posted a respectable total with Croft finishing on 35 not out. …

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