FL t20: McClenaghan stars but Notts beat Lancashire
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|Nottinghamshire 159-6 (17.4 overs) beat Lancashire 155-6 (20 overs) by four wickets|
Nottinghamshire eased to a four-wicket victory against Lancashire in the FL t20, despite a five-wicket haul from seamer Mitchell McClenaghan.
Batting first, Lancashire lost Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince cheaply before Steven Croft (52) and Simon Katich (48) led the fightback.
Their third-wicket stand of 93 pushed the home side to a total of 155-6.
McClenaghan (5-29) removed Alex Hales (49) and David Hussey (52) but Notts made it home with 14 balls left.
Lancashire's innings began in comical fashion as Moore was run out in the first over following a mix-up with Prince, who soon succumbed to a miscued pull off the bowling of former Red Rose paceman Ajmal Shahzad.
They regrouped through Croft and Katich, while a late cameo from wicketkeeper Gareth Cross, who hit 10 from three balls, pushed the total past 150.
New Zealand left-armer McClenaghan, who was making his home debut for Lancashire, had the dangerous Michael Lumb caught at first slip with his first ball and later removed Riki Wessels.
But England's Hales and Australia's Hussey, mixing brute force and clever placement, laid the platform for victory with a fourth-wicket stand of 78, Hussey reaching his half-century from just 25 balls.
He perished to the returning McClenaghan, as did Hales one short of his 50, but Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney saw Notts through to a second win in two games, while condemning Lancashire to a first FL t20 defeat in the process.