Derbyshire tie against Lancashire in last-ball thriller
|Friends Life t20, Derby|
|Match Tied. Derbyshire 190-5, Lancashire 190-6|
|Derbyshire 1 pt, Lancashire 1 pt|
Lancashire let a victory chance slip as they had to settle for a tie against Derbyshire in a last-ball thriller.
Wes Durston made an excellent 86 and Chesney Hughes blasted 65 in just 32 balls as Derbyshire set a testing target of 190-5 from their 20 overs.
Opener Stephen Moore then led the way with a sprightly 72 for Lancashire.
But, with three needed off two balls, youngster Jordan Clark was bowled and skipper Glen Chapple had to scramble two off the final ball to tie on 190-6.
The home side's effort under the Derby lights was their highest Twenty20 score on their own ground - and it was generated by an electric start.
Martin Guptill and Durston gave a crowd of more than 2,000 a taste of what was to come by taking 50 off the first five overs.
Spinner Simon Kerrigan, who bowled Guptill, was the only Lancahire bowler to stem the tide with 1-23 from his four overs.
But the visitors were not helped when young Clark not only dropped Hughes off Kyle Hogg on the long-off boundary but spilled the ball over the ropes for six.
It was an expensive miss, as Hughes launched the next ball over the long-on boundary and pulled Hogg for another six to end an over which cost 22.
Moore, who needed treatment after cutting the ball into his foot, and Tom Smith put the visitors bang on course with an opening stand of 95 in 10 overs.
Steven Croft then kept Lancashire on course with three sixes in his 12-ball 26 before he failed to clear the square leg boundary.
Clark kept the visitors in it by cutting Tim Groenewald over cover for six before swinging Stefan Jones over the midwicket boundary.
That left them needing seven off the last over but Paul Horton drove Groenewald to long off and Clark was yorked before captain Chapple came to the rescue to claim a much-prized point.
Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"It was brilliant, it has been a dream all my life to play for a first-class county and to go out and have people chanting your name is brilliant.
"I just stuck to my game plan and tried to hit as well as I can and just have a bit of self belief.
"About an hour before the game [Lancashire coach] Peter Moores said I was in and I will be batting at six or seven, to be honest I was delighted but wasn't expecting to play."