Lightning strikes the County Ground

Source - sportinglife.com

Lancashire Lightning maintained their 100% record in the Twenty20 Cup when they demolished Derbyshire Phantoms by 10 wickets in a one-sided North Division game at Derby.

Mal Loye and Lou Vincent both completed half-centuries as the Lightning cruised home with four overs to spare.

The floodlit match was never likely to be a contest after Derbyshire were bowled out for 111 in 17.4 overs with slow left arm spinner Gary Keedy taking four for 15, including three wickets in four balls, and Sajid Mahmood three for 12.

It was nowhere near enough to stretch Lancashire and Loye and Vincent strolled to their target to record only the third 10-wicket victory in the domestic Twenty20 competition.

It was all in stark contrast to the previous night when the Phantoms had hammered the Yorkshire bowlers but they never recovered from losing three wickets in the first four overs.

Former Derbyshire captain Dominic Cork responded to some booing from the crowd by having Greg Smith, a century maker against Yorkshire, caught off the second ball of the game.

Mahmood had Dominic Telo taken at mid on off a miscued pull in the next over and the England seamer struck again when Wavell Hinds was caught behind for six.

When Rikki Clarke pulled Mahmood to mid on in the sixth over, the Phantoms were in deep trouble at 27 for four and only some powerful strokes from Jamie Pipe threatened to disturb the Lightning's dominance.

He straight drove Tom Smith for six and twice lifted the leg-spin of Francois du Plessis over the ropes before he was caught on the midwicket boundary for 31 off 15 balls.

Derbyshire could not even muster a late flourish as the last four wickets fell for 10 runs with Keedy preying on some panicked batting from the tail.

The only hope the home side had of putting Lancashire under pressure was to take early wickets but Loye and Vincent hardly played a false shot.

Loye took three fours off Graham Wagg's first over and Vincent also pulled the seamer for six with Derbyshire powerless to stem the flow of runs.

Nayan Doshi conceded only 12 from his four overs but by then, Lancashire's second victory in the North Division was never in doubt.

Loye's 54, which included seven fours, came off 54 balls while Vincent hit a six and six fours in his 46-ball 50.

Lancashire now have a 100% record in the North Division while Derbyshire have work to do after losing two of their first three matches.
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