Lancashire too solid for tired Durham

Friends Life t20, Old Trafford
Lancashire 161-5 (20 overs) beat Durham 135-9 (20 overs) by 26 runs
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Steven Croft and Karl Brown both hit half-centuries as Lancashire beat Durham by 26 runs in their FL t20 North Group game at Old Trafford.

Croft (51) and Brown (51) added 78 for the third wicket as the home team compiled 161-5 from their 20 overs.

Durham struggled to 68-7 before Liam Plunkett (41) and Scott Borthwick (30) salvaged some respectability.

But both fell to run-outs, Durham making 135-9, as Lancashire got revenge for this week's Championship defeat.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Lancashire bowler Steven Parry:

"It's a big win for us tonight with Derbyshire on Sunday.

"It seems ages ago since the Warwickshire game when we won last and played really well, and it was nice for us to play well again tonight.

"Obviously at Old Trafford you know if you get 150 you're always in the game, unless someone bats out of their skin."

BBC Radio Manchester's Liam Bradford:

"Lancashire have got their FL t20 campaign back on track with a fantastic performance against Durham.

"Lancashire have played three games on this wicket and it's been good for them for the majority of the time.

"It proved to be the right pitch too for the Lancashire spin attack. Gary Keedy and Steven Parry tied up the middle overs well and there was an excellent comeback from Junaid Khan after his opening over went for 14."

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