Lancashire suffer final jitters

Source - bbc.co.uk

Somerset produced a fine performance in the field to restrict favourites Lancashire to 114-8 in a Twenty20 final reduced to 16 overs per side.

Somerset produced a fine performance in the field to restrict favourites Lancashire to 114-8 in a Twenty20 final reduced to 16 overs per side.

Andy Caddick and Richard Johnson shared four early wickets as the big names failed to produce the big scores.

It was left to Stuart Law to get Lancashire to some sort of total as he kept his nerve to hit 59.

Andrew Crook hit the second best score with 15 at number eight.

Lancashire elected to bat first after the start time had been postponed by an hour.

It meant that the conditions for batting, with the floodlights starting to take effect, were already awkward when Caddick took the new ball for Somerset.

Mal Loye twice mis-hit attempted slog-sweeps in the first over.

The first chance was dropped by Johnson while the second went to the same fielder on the deep square leg fence - this time he made amends.

In Caddick's second over, the prize wicket of Andrew Flintoff was captured as another shot across the line resulted in a catch.

The key wicket followed when Andrew Symonds was run out following some brilliant work by Wes Durston at backward point.

Richard Johnson's two wickets in two balls left Lancashire in terrible trouble and when Ian Blackwell bowled Mark Chilton it was 69-6.

Law and Crook rode their luck to take the score to 101 before the next wicket fell, but Johnson returned to claim his third wicket.
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