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Lancashire left 'gutted' after final defeat

Lancashire captain Mark Chilton was understandably disappointed after losing by seven wickets to Somerset Sabres in the Twenty/20 final at the Brit Oval.

Lancashire captain Mark Chilton was understandably disappointed after losing by seven wickets to Somerset Sabres in the Twenty/20 final at the Brit Oval.

Rain had limited the final to 16 overs each, with captain Graeme Smith's Sabres side limiting Lightning to 114-8 before knocking off the required runs with more than an over to spare.

"It's desperately disappointing," said Chilton.. "We've played some great cricket in this competition, entertained a lot of people but unfortunately tonight wasn't our night and obviously all of the players are just gutted.

"We know Twenty20 can be a game where you lose a couple of wickets early and it has gone so well for us in other games this season. Credit to the Somerset guys, we played a lot of good cricket but tonight was not to be. The players have been great throughout this competition and we've got a lot to look forward to the rest of this season. We'll pick ourselves up."

Somerset's James Hildreth hailed the "no-fear" attitude which helped his side lift the Twenty20 Cup trophy. Smith lost opening partner Marcus Trescothick - the left--hander caught behind off England team-mate Andrew Flintoff for 10 - but Matthew Wood arrived at the crease to take the score past the 50-run mark.

Flintoff then bowled Wood for 22 to leave Somerset 60 for two, and Ian Blackwell followed soon after he was caught by Stuart Law to the first ball of Gary Keedy's spell - but Smith's sensible innings had brought the rate close to a run per ball.

The South Africa captain, who will now return to international duty, finished on 64no as his side reached 118 for three, with Hildreth hitting the winning runs.

"I'm buzzing, it's unbelievable, especially with the side we've got - young,, exuberant -- and the side we were playing against, they had some star players there," Hildreth said.

"But we've gone out with a no-fear attitude and it's paid off for us."

source - icliverpool.co.uk
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