Lancashire crush Derbyshire
Lancashire boosted their hopes of reaching the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals with a six-wicket win over Derbyshire at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Lightning are targeting four wins from their last four Group B matches to give them a chance of progressing to the last four, and they cleared the first hurdle on Tuesday
After comfortably chasing down Derbyshire's total of 190-9, with Ashwell Prince (80) top-scoring, they have now won four matches on the bounce in the 40-over format.
Off-spinner Arron Lilley and ex-England quick Kabir Ali both took four wickets each to help restrict the visitors, who made something of a recovery after being reduced to 92-6 after 25 overs.
They were boosted by career bests from captain Wayne Madsen (78) and David Wainwright (40), who shared 80 in 12.3 overs for the seventh wicket.
Lilley (4-30) was the one who did the early damage with four of the first six wickets, including Alex Hughes (11) and Tom Poynton (0) in the space of three balls, before Ali (4-37) returned at the death to take two of his wickets in the last over.
Madsen benefited from being dropped on 12 by Ali, who collided with bowler Tom Smith as the latter was trying to get out of the way.
Right-hander Madsen hit five fours and a straight six off Steven Croft in his 92-ball innings, which ended when he cut Ali to backward point in the 38th over.
Lancashire openers Stephen Moore (34) and Smith (26) shared 53 in 8.3 overs to get their chase off to an excellent start before falling to Wes Durston's off-spin to leave the score at 86-2.
Despite the loss of Simon Katich (15) and Croft (14) to Madsen and Tim Groenewald later in the chase, Prince's presence at the crease meant Lancashire were always cruising as he posted his fourth score above 50 in the competition.
He hit six fours and two sixes before Jordan Clark (18 not out) finished the match off with two sixes off Hughes' medium pace as Lancashire won with 26 balls to spare.