packed Old Trafford - over 11,000 - witnessed another home
victory in the twenty 20 cup competition. Lancashire need just one more win to
take them into the quarter finals. It was the first time I had watched this brand
of cricket and it was non stop action from first ball to last so its no wonder
it has become so popular. If it creates more interest in the game from non cricket
lovers then it will have succeeded. From overheard conversations there were quite
a few people there completely new to the game. For the technically minded a Sigma
18-200mm zoom was used on a Nikon d70 set at 640 iso. Click on an image for a
v Durham Twenty 20 Cup July 3rd Old Trafford
Mike Watkinson makes a point
Chilton wins the toss for Lancashire who decide to bat first
Lancashire openers enter the arena
out for 0 - about to be stumped by Mustard.
reaches his 50 in 29 balls
crowd enjoying the Lancs batting
mishits Breese and skies the ball but he is dropped in the deep by Killeen
pulls a six off Breese into the stand
the ball from the six hit
another six from Mal Loye
on the Metrolink so is probably en route south
hits a huge hit for six off Breese putting the Red Rose Suite in danger as the
ball went over my head and hit the metalwork - arrowed. Lancashire were now past
the 150 mark for the loss of only one wicket after only 14 overs.
again hits a six this time just over the fielder Gary Pratt
is out caught on the boundary by Pratt off Breese for 68. Lancs 2 for 169 off
catches Cork for 9 on the boundary soon after.
Loye hits an easy single to reach his century off 53 balls in the 19th over. He
hit 5 x 6's and 10 x 4's.
gets brilliantly caught in the deep by Benkenstein for 100
of the Lancashire innings
short break for refreshment
misses a short ball from Cork
is caught by Chapple off Anderson for a quick 20 off 14 balls
hits a six off Chapple over the stand
almost gets Astle out
Crook having hit two six's at the end of the Lancashire innings proceeded to drop
a couple of catches in the deep and he took the mild barracking from the stands
in good part. As one wag shouted ..
" I'll not ask for your autograph
-you'll probably drop the pen!"
other Crook in the Lancashire side, Andrew made up for his namesake's errors by
a brilliant diving stop and a catch to get rid of Astle for 55. Lanky celebrated
by signing bat
the delight of the crowd Loye catches Benkenstein on the boundary
runs out Muchall for 45
is bowled by Cork for 9
a last ditch effort by Plunkett and Scott, Durham ran out of overs and ended 37
runs short at 171 for 7 wickets