NatWest T20 Blast: Yorkshire blast Derbyshire in North Division at Headingley
Alex Lees upstaged Aussie star Aaron Finch to lead Yorkshire to their first T20 Blast win of the season over Derbyshire.
Last Updated: 30/05/14 10:37pm
21-year-old Lees struck nine fours in his unbeaten 61 while Jonny Bairstow added 29 not out off 16 balls as Yorkshire passed Derbyshire's 127-6 with plenty to spare at Headingley.
Finch, the top-ranked T20 batsman in international cricket, struck his third ball for six but he could only make 19 before being caught and bowled by compatriot Marcus North and it was down to Lees to lead Yorkshire home.
Andrew Flintoff is not yet in the Lancashire side, but they are doing fine without him as they remained top of the North Division thanks to a 15-run home victory over the Birmingham Bears.
The hosts posted 126 all out after winning the toss and opting to bat, with opener Tom Smith top-scoring with 44 off 27 balls.
They then bowled out their opponents for 111 as Junaid Khan claimed four wickets, Lancashire securing a fourth straight win and strengthening their position at the top of the North.
Laurie Evans top scored for the Bears with 29, but after he departed Birmingham's last hope was gone as they lost in their first proper outing in the competition this season - after a wash-out in their first fixture.
Notts fall short
Nottinghamshire slipped to a three-run defeat in a thrilling finale to their Natwest T20 Blast clash with Durham at Trent Bridge as they came up just short in a dramatic run chase.
Steven Mullaney did his best for the hosts by taking four wickets to help reduce the visitors to 132-8 from their 20 overs, before remaining unbeaten on 26 in their reply, but it was not enough to get them over the line.
Gordon Muchall was not out for 31 as Durham's best performer with the bat, and although the hosts were reduced to 51-4 they remained in contention with Chris Read hitting a quick 23 and Rikki Wessels 26.
The loss of Wessels was a blow in the 18th over but Sam Wood provided hope by smashing a six off the final ball of the penultimate over, to leave nine required from the last six balls for a home victory, which proved just out of reach.
Defending champions Northamptonshire suffered their first defeat of this season's campaign after slumping to a comprehensive five-wicket loss at the hands of Worcestershire.
Newcomer Richard Oliver smashed 77 off 43 while his opening partner Moeen Ali struck 41 as Worcestershire chased down Northants 134 for seven with almost six overs in hand at New Road.
England international Moeen had earlier claimed two for 23 to help peg back Northants, who had looked on for a big score as David Willey, the star of last season's final mauling of Surrey, clubbed four sixes in a rapid 34 at the top of the order.
The result ends the last unbeaten record in the North Division with Northants having picked up five points from their opening three games.