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MATCH REPORT: LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING V YORKSHIRE DIAMONDS

— 9 August 2019

Yorkshire and Lancashire were left hugely frustrated as rain ruined their sold out Vitality Blast Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford.

Rain overnight and throughout the day, particularly early evening, in Manchester meant umpires Ian Gould and Jeremy Lloyds called the game off just before 7.30pm.

Both sides have now been left with three rained off No Results from their eight North Group fixtures so far.

The frustration both sides felt was for completely different reasons.

For Lancashire, their chances of quarter-final qualification have not been harmed. They remain top of the table, unbeaten with five wins from eight.

But the fixture was due to be watched by a bumper 23,500 crowd, what would have been a record crowd for a Blast fixture, excluding Finals Day, outside of London.

For Yorkshire, however, they desperately needed to play and win.

They have now won only one of their eight matches, losing three added to a tie and are out of the top four quarter-final qualifying places in the table.

Both counties have six fixtures remaining, starting on Sunday.

Lancashire travel to Edgbaston to tackle Birmingham Bears (2.30pm), while Yorkshire return home to Emerald Headingley to take on Derbyshire Falcons (3pm).

The latter fixture is part of a double header with the Yorkshire Diamonds, who have a Kia Women’s Super League game against the Loughborough Lightning from 11am.

The Vikings are expected to hand a T20 debut to South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

He took 20 wickets and scored two fifties in their last three Championship games but missed the early stages of the Blast having returned home to attend an awards dinner, a requirement for all Cricket South Africa centrally contracted players.

While Lancashire awarded caps to Matthew Parkinson and Australian James Faulkner an hour before the scheduled start of 6.30pm, England star Jos Buttler was present with the World Cup trophy and due to parade it around the ground at the mid-innings interval.

What they said….

Lancashire’s Matthew Parkinson

“It’s a shame. We knew the crowd would be nearly 24,000, and these are the ones you want to play in. They’re as close domestically as you get to international cricket.

“(Getting capped) It’s a moment I’ve dreamed of since I first played for Lancashire when I was 10-years-old.
“It’s not something you ever think’s going to happen, and I wasn’t expecting it.

“There were a few mutterings around the dressing room that someone was getting capped, and I’m over the moon.

“You don’t actually find out until you go to the pavilion. We saw Paul Allott (director of cricket) with a cap, and I thought it would be James Faulkner. But when we were told there were two caps, I did have a slight suspicion that it could be me.”

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale

“It was an opportunity to get back on track tonight after the tie on Sunday.

“A full house at Old Trafford against a good Lancashire team, it’s disappointing we didn’t get on.

“To have played Friday and Sunday would have been ideal. We know we haven’t played our best cricket, but the group’s still wide open to get on a run.

“We just have to get some momentum.

“I was surprised we didn’t get more rain earlier in the day. The forecast was for heavy rain all day. Until we came off the motorway, we didn’t see that much.

“We’ve had a tie and three washouts now, and I’ve never known a competition where we’ve had three washouts.

“We should have got over the line on Sunday (tie against Birmingham at Emerald Headingley), and hopefully it doesn’t cost us.

“The teams that come good towards the back end of the competition go through with momentum, but we have to be smart and start playing better cricket.”

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