One-Day Cup: Lancashire beat Derbyshire in rain-shortened game
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Emirates Old Trafford|
|Lancashire 239-6 (38 overs): Jennings 84, Lehmann 77*|
|Derbyshire 209-7 (38 overs): Dal 52; Croft 2-20|
|Lancashire won by 30 runs|
Lancashire went second in the One-Day Cup North Group with a 30-run win over Derbyshire in a rain-shortened match.
When play got under way at Old Trafford two hours late at 13:00 BST, the hosts made 239-6 in their allocated 38 overs.
England opener Keaton Jennings starred with 84, while Australian Jake Lehmann made 77 not out on his Lancs debut.
Derbyshire gthen stumbled to 122-6 in their pursuit of 240, with two run-outs not helping the cause, only Anuj Dal's 52 helping them finish on 209-7.
The backbone of Lancashire's innings was a fourth-wicket stand of 86 between Jennings and Lehmann before the England man edged Logan van Beek behind.
But Lehmann, who has replaced Glenn Maxwell in the Red Rose team, batted through, striking seven fours and a six in his 67-ball innings.
Derbyshire never looked likely to reach their target, although Dal's breezy innings off 39 deliveries in a stand of 76 with Harvey Hosein (41 not out) provided some late entertainment.
Both sides have one group match left - Lancashire play Warwickshire on Saturday at Edgbaston, where victory would put them through, before Derbyshire host Worcestershire on Monday.
Derbyshire remain fifth, a point behind a top-three qualification place, but they may already be out of the competition by the time they play their final fixture.
Lancashire's Keaton Jennings:
"It's been an exciting couple of weeks for us. Hopefully we can peak at the right time now, win Saturday and push into the quarter-finals, semis and then the final.
"To put in a performance like that was absolutely outstanding. We were par with the bat.
"Then Liam Hurt went down (right knee injury), which was a massive shame, but Rob Jones sticking his hand up was awesome."
Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman:
"On reflection, if we'd have had the chance again, we'd have batted first and got a total on the board. It felt like it got slower and the ball stuck in the wicket a bit more as the game went on.
"That's Lancashire's strength with the type of bowling they have and the dimensions of the boundaries. We knew the first eight overs, the power play, would be the time when it was easiest.
"But to have the run-out of Luis Reece when we did was very unhelpful. To have two run-outs in a run chase, you're making it more difficult than it needs to be."