Vitality Blast: Lancashire secure Roses double over Yorkshire

Karl Brown in action for Lancashire
Karl Brown in action for Lancashire

A review of Thursday's action in the Vitality T20 Blast, where Lancashire beat Yorkshire thanks to Karl Brown's half-century.

Lancashire celebrated a Roses double over Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast after cruising to a six-wicket victory at Headingley.

After a nerve-jangling one-run success at Old Trafford last month results have not fallen for the Red Rose but a trip into enemy territory had restorative effects as they chased down a target of 182 with 14 balls to spare.

David Willey's blistering 80 had set Yorkshire on course for a major total but solid work from spinners Matt Parkinson and Zahir Khan, followed by a three-wicket final over from James Faulkner, evened up the contest.

Karl Brown (51) and Arron Lilley, whose 20-ball 47 was a career-best knock, paved the way for a calm chase.

Worcestershire reclaimed top spot in the North Group with a low-scoring 16-run win over Derbyshire.

England hopeful Joe Clarke reeled off a fluent 76 for the hosts but the next best score was opening partner Wayne Parnell's 12.

That left Worcestershire defending 137 for eight and they did so diligently, Luke Wood, Ed Barnard and Patrick Brown taking two wickets each in a response of 121 for seven.

Ian Cockbain's maiden Twenty20 century fired Gloucestershire to a handsome victory over Middlesex and moved them a point of top spot in the Vitality Blast South Group.

Cockbain, in his 94th appearance in the format, was in brutal form at Bristol, clubbing eight sixes and 12 fours en route to 123 in just 61 balls.

That propelled his side to 242 for four, a bar Middlesex fell 70 short of as Kieran Noema-Barnett picked up three for 18 with the ball.

The result left Gloucestershire just behind pace-setters Somerset with a game in hand.

Holders Nottinghamshire look increasingly unlikely to be present at Finals Day, falling to a sixth loss of the season as Birmingham Bears took a six-wicket win at Edgbaston.

A score of 152 for eight always looked short, Oliver Hannon-Dalby's three for 30 the pick of the figures. Veteran Ian Bell, with 54, and New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme, who hit five sixes in his 49no, ensured a drama-free pursuit.

The game between Surrey and Sussex at the Oval was abandoned for rain after 13 overs, with the visitors well set at 159 for two.

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