Durham made it two wins from two in the NatWest T20 Blast with a 16-run victory at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Jets secured only their third win in 12 attempts here after posting 155, although their total should have been more after captain Mark Stoneman’s 57 off 38 balls helped them reach 105-2 in the 12th over.
As soon as you tried to hit sixes and fours, you’d get outJOHN HASTINGS
The Lightning then suffered batting problems of their own in losing five wickets for four runs in eight balls to slip to 135-9 with five balls remaining having been 131-4 needing 25 off 13 with Ashwell Prince set.
Three wickets fell in the penultimate over, bowled by John Hastings, including one run out and two wickets for the Aussie, and the hosts fell 17 runs short at 139-9.
Hastings and Usman Arshad, who also finished with two wickets, even shared three wickets in three balls at the death.
“That was a really good win, an important one as well,” said Hastings. We probably left a few (runs) out there batting first, 15 or 20 runs maybe. But the way the boys bowled was fantastic.
“We stuck to our plans and used the wicket, which was tiring a bit in the last few overs. We used our slower balls and did a really good job.
“I think it was a really hard wicket to hit boundaries on. Ashwell’s and Mark’s innings, for us, were pure cricket shots. As soon as you tried to hit sixes and fours, you’d get out.”
Stoneman led the way for the Jets with eight fours and was one of four of their top five to make it into double figures, including handy contributions from Calum MacLeod, Paul Collingwood and Gordon Muchall.
MacLeod hit 18 off eight balls, while Collingwood, who shared 52 for the third wicket with Stoneman, added 30 off 19 and Muchall 21 off 23.
Unfortunately for them, no other batsman made it beyond five as the innings subsided. Off-spinner Arron Lilley (2-18) was Lancashire’s standout as he had Collingwood caught behind off a top-edge as he reverse swept and Stoneman stumped by Alex Davies.
Durham’s last three wickets fell in five balls in the 19th and 20th overs. George Edwards and Tom Bailey both picked up two wickets.
Lancs lost three wickets inside the first eight overs of their chase as they fell to 48-3, including opener Liam Livingstone run out at the non-striker’s end by bowler Hastings following mid-pitch confusion with Prince.
The Jets benefited from preventing a boundary between the end of the fourth over and the end of the 10th as Karl Brown was bowled by Arshad heaving across the line and Steven Croft caught at deep mid-wicket off Scott Borthwick’s leg-spin.
Prince kept Lancashire in it and reached a 34-ball 50 to take the score to 76-3 in the 12th over, needing a further 80. He and compatriot Alviro Petersen brought up a 50-stand inside seven overs for the fourth wicket just before the hosts reached 15 overs at 102-4, needing 54 more.
The latter was bowled in the next by Ryan Pringle’s off-spin. Some invention from Davies helped to take that down to 25 off two overs, although when was Lancashire’s second run out victim and Prince followed suit two balls later, the Jets had it in the bag.