Yorkshire: Rose clash proves thorny for Vikings

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Records tumbled on an astonishing night of cricket as Lancashire beat Yorkshire by 29 runs in their NatWest T20 Blast North Group match at Old Trafford.

Lightning set a new Lancashire record for a short-form innings, making a mammoth 231 for four, which was nine runs more than the Vikings had ever conceded before.

In reply Yorkshire could muster only 202 for eight with Stephen Parry, who had been awarded his Lancashire cap just before the game, taking three prime wickets for 29 runs.

Having been asked to bat on what was a superb batting pitch, Lancashire got off to an excellent start when openers Paul Horton and Ashwell Prince took 75 runs off the six powerplay overs.

Prince was destroyer-in-chief, hitting three sixes off the first six overs - but Horton was dismissed for 27 when he hit spinner Glenn Maxwell straight to Andrew Gale at cover.

Prince continued regardless and reached his half-century off just 26 balls when he pulled James Middlebrook for the fourth six of his innings.

The South African veteran eventually departed for 59, scored off 30 balls, when he skied Richard Pyrah to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow - but Karl Brown maintained the astonishing momentum of the innings, taking 16 off three balls from Tim Bresnan.

That, though, was merely the prelude to an astonishing 13th over in which Brown hit Pyrah’s first three balls for six before taking another nine runs off the next three to finish with 27 off the over.

Lancashire’s later batsmen maintained the a scoring rate of 11 runs an over, the 200 coming up in the 18th over, and the late acceleration achieved by Liam Livingstone and Steven Croft saw the Lightning overtake their previous T20 best of 229 for four against Worcestershire in 2014.

Yorkshire got off to a fine start, taking 63 off the powerplay overs, although their task was helped by several misfields.

At the halfway point of their innings Yorkshire were 92 for three and the run rate had climbed to a daunting 14 runs per over.

Lilley picked up three wickets for 31 from his four overs and with the Vikings needing 79 off three, Tim Bresnan’s 24-ball 51 did more to reduce the margin of victory than affect the overall outcome.