Lancashire stroll to victory against Warwickshire

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Lancashire 110-0 (12.3 ovs) beat Warwickshire 109 (19.2 ovs) by 10 wickets
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Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore has made 268 runs for Lancashire in this season's FL t20

Tom Smith and Stephen Moore both made half centuries as Lancashire got their FL t20 campaign back on track with a 10-wicket win against Warwickshire.

After bowling out the Bears for 109, Lancashire always looked favourites.

Steve Parry, with a Twenty20 best 4-23, and Saj Mahmood (3-13) led the way, as the hosts were shot out with four balls of their allocation left unused.

Smith then hit 58 in 37 balls, backed by Moore, whose 52 takes him back on top of the FL t20 run charts.

Moore now has 268 from seven innings at an average of 44.67, but it was the competition best by Parry which perhaps did most to revive Lancashire's hopes of a quarter-final place; their first win in five matches.

Parry, joint leading wicket-taker along with Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid with 26 in last year's North Group, had taken only two wickets in Lancashire's previous six group matches.

But he found a slow pitch to his liking, and Warwickshire were dismissed for their lowest total in the nine seasons of Twenty20 cricket.

After being swept for the Bears' only six by Darren Maddy, Parry got his revenge by taking a wicket in each of his four overs.

Fellow slow left-armer Gary Keedy also bowled a miserly four-over stint of 1-20.

Steffan Piolet was the only batsman to reach 20, and Warwickshire fell one short of their previous lowest total, made against Northamptonshire just two weeks ago.

Lancashire had plenty of time to pace their chase but Moore, who struck three sixes in the first two overs, opted to get the job done quickly.

POST-MATCH VERDICT

Lancashire opener Stephen Moore told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Averages in Twenty20 don't really count for much. It's more about consistency of runs and strike rates that count.

"The way the guys bowled early on and then the way the spinners tied it up for us, it gave us a pretty easy target to chase down on a small boundary.

"The group's very tight. Other sides have been beating each other, but it's a nice win to take into this week's four-dayer."

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