Lancashire County Cricket Club win big

By Matt Weston – Sports Editor

Lancashire County Cricket Club has enjoyed a fantastic and incredibly successful campaign throughout the 2015 summer.

The Red Roses won their first 20 over competition on the Bank Holiday Weekend to add to the superb form in the County Championship.

T20 Blast Finals Day proved to be an exciting spectacle once again as the Lancashire Lightning stunned the Northants Steelbacks to win the competition for the first time.

After overcoming the Hampshire Royals in the semi-finals earlier on in the day, Alex Davies’ impressive innings of 47 runs off 26 balls helped set a hefty total.

Even with the likes of Richard Levi, David Willey and Shahid Afridi, Northants failed to reach Lancashire’s total of 166 and lost by 13 runs.

In the floodlights at Edgbaston attention turned to the 21 year old Gavin Griffiths. The pace bowler who was only playing his 2nd T20 match for the club took two crucial wickets to wound the Northants batsmen. Griffiths was handed the ball after overseas all-rounder James Faulkner suffer a dislocated finger.

The Australian had been an integral part of the entire competition but Griffiths delivered and kept his nerve to seal his side’s victory.

The North West county struggled through the group stages of the T20 Blast and only qualified for the Quarter Finals thanks to a better run rate than Nottinghamshire.

In the last-eight tie against Kent, the game ended in a draw with Lancs going through after losing less wickets in the tie.

The whole journey through the tournament has been a near miss right up until the Finals Day. Two fantastic performances especially with the ball meant they fully deserved to win the trophy.

In test cricket, the club currently sits at the top of the County Championship Division Two and look set for promotion.

With only three games to go the club has a ten-point advantage over second-placed Surrey. Lancs are expected to win promotion thanks to losing just once throughout their campaign.

Lancs wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has gone the whole summer without a big innings as his 27 runs in the final was pretty mediocre.

The Ashes winning player failed to provide the spark which Josh Cobb provided for Northants in the floodlights.

The Red Roses have highlighted the importance of this tournament. Skipper Steven Croft told BBC Sport: “It has been so long and every pre-season we get the same question: ‘Are we going to win it this year? I am so relieved we’ve finally got our name on the trophy.”

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