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Andrew McGlashanDeputy editor, ESPNcricinfo
- Deputy Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo through Manchester and Cape Town, right after acquiring the assistant editor at a weak instant as he viewed England’s batting collapse in the Newlands Examination. Andrew started his cricket composing as a freelance masking Lancashire in the course of 2004 when they have been relegated in the County Championship. In reality, they had been top of the desk when he commenced reporting on them but things went radically downhill. He likes to permit men and women know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equivalent portions.
With however no reside cricket in sight, we are digging deep into YouTube to retain ourselves entertained. This 7 days, a trip down memory lane with a person of the most dominant a single-day sides ever – Lancashire in the 1990s.
Wasim Akram also fast
Wasim Akram forged a single of the good abroad careers with Lancashire. In the 1990 Benson & Hedges Cup ultimate at Lord’s, he generated a blistering new-ball spell that place the county on program for a comfy victory towards Worcestershire.
Akram had currently performed his aspect with the bat as he clubbed 28 off 21 balls in a solid overall performance from Lancashire’s lower purchase (that was a element of their facet, as you will see). Akram was typically held back from the new ball – Lancashire’s one particular-working day bowling possibilities had been enormously deep – and on this day he arrived on as initial improve behind Paul Allott and Phillip DeFreitas.
He uncovered the outside edge of Tim Curtis and then set about roughing up a young Graeme Hick, who shortly edged to Warren Hegg as Lancashire took maintain of the match. “Akram has seemed very likely to choose a wicket with just about every ball,” claimed commentator Jack Bannister.
Surrey’s epic meltdown
One particular of the most extraordinary collapses in a person-working day cricket. In the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup initially-round match at The Oval, Surrey ended up 212 for one chasing 237, needing 25 from 35 balls. Graham Thorpe had a century to his identify and Alec Stewart was on 95 when Peter Martin nipped 1 again into off stump. Definitely just a blip on the way to victory?
Then Akram was introduced back again, strangling Monte Lynch down the leg aspect and getting rid of Thorpe, effectively caught at midwicket by Ian Austin, in the 51st more than. This sort of was the stress designed by Akram, Martin and Austin that the operates essential before long overtook the balls remaining as Surrey’s center purchase froze like rabbits in headlights despite the fact that, in their defence, Akram and Austin manufactured a masterclass of yorker bowling. By the time the last around commenced, Surrey necessary 14 with Waqar Younis (this was a golden period of the abroad participant) and Martin Bicknell at the crease, but they couldn’t definitely get close.
Akram with the bat, this time
Hick’s century had led Worcestershire to a really aggressive 261 for five in their 1995 Benson & Hedges Cup semi-ultimate and Lancashire’s chase was in the mire at 169 for 7 as Hick additional two wickets for superior evaluate. Lancashire, however, were much from finished inspite of needing 71 off 8 overs.
Akram, with some support from Warren Hegg, took 19 off the 48th in excess of to spark the chase into lifetime. Akram swung his way to a 41-ball 50 percent-century as the nerves started off to clearly show in the Worcestershire workforce. There then follows a single of the lots of wonderful items of commentary from Richie Benaud’s job:
“A slight alter of strategies, probably, now they’ve realised they only will need fractionally far better than a run-a-ball. May possibly be that less challenges will be taken…”
Next ball: Hegg drives Phil Newport inside out over additional address.
“You can ignore what I said there, spend certainly no focus to it, and thank heavens Warren Hegg did not listen to it.”
Akram was bowled with 24 still essential, but Lancashire’s decreased order was in a position to complete the work as Hegg and Gary Yates stored their awesome.
A last-about Roses thriller
Like the time just before from Worcestershire, in 1996, Lancashire pulled a chase out of the hearth. And this time it was from their greatest rivals, Yorkshire, in a gripping contest distribute over two days mainly because of rain that went to the past ball.
Michael Bevan and Richard Blakey experienced led a Yorkshire recovery with an unbroken stand of 167 and when Lancashire fell to 97 for five then 174 for 7, victory was a very long shot. However, Hegg unfurled a fantastic 81 off 62 balls (it would remain his highest a single-day rating) to deliver Lancashire to within touching length when he was bowled with 11 essential.
Yates, who experienced performed a critical supporting hand, was run out by a outstanding toss from Anthony McGrath and it came to 8 necessary off the remaining around, bowled by Craig White, with Glen Chapple and Martin at the crease. Chapple drove a boundary initial ball, but White received his yorkers in to go away Martin on strike with two desired off the very last shipping and delivery. It was a fairly excellent ball from White, a large yorker, but Martin managed to drive it by means of level to deliver the property fans into ecstasy.
Chapple’s demolition job
The NatWest Trophy, a 60-about 1-day match, typically concluded with bowler-dominated matches at Lord’s in mid-September – the 1996 ultimate between Lancashire and Essex healthy into that bracket. Lancashire labored to 186 all out, anchored by John Crawley’s 66, but it would show extra than enough as Martin and Chapple devastated the Essex line-up.
Chapple’s 6 for 18 is what the closing is remembered for, but it was Martin’s exemplary new-ball spell that set the tone as he removed Paul Grayson, Nasser Hussain (brilliantly caught by Hegg) and Paul Pritchard with a sequence of wicked legcutters. Having said that, the ball of the day did belong to Chapple when he zipped an unplayable shipping and delivery earlier Robert Rollins. When Jason Gallian struck with his initially ball, pinning Graham Gooch lbw, Essex have been 33 for 7. A small even though afterwards they ended up 57 all out and Lancashire experienced completed the 1-working day double.
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