DURHAM Jets were left kicking themselves after an agonising defeat.
The Jets suffered a costly middle-order collapse to allow Lancashire Lightning to snatch a one-run victory in last night’s NatWest T20 Blast clash at the Emirates ICG.
Looking to build on their opening T20 success against Worcestershire, Durham looked set to reach their target of 134 in comfortable fashion, but the loss of three wickets for just two runs gave Lancashire new hope and, in a tense finale, they just held on.
With four needed from the final ball, Ryan Pringle was unable to put Kabir Ali away to the boundary as Durham fell just short on 132-7.
Karl Brown top-scored for Lancashire with 61 from 51 balls, including 23 in a blistering over from Pringle, before he was removed by Chris Rushworth, caught at long off by Gordon Muchall, as the visitors finished on 133-6 from their allotted overs.
Jordan Clark was the next highest scorer for the visitors with 27 as Durham shared the wickets, with only Pringle not claiming a scalp as Lancashire stuttered to a defendable target from their 20 overs.
Alex Davies (one) was caught behind off Usman Arshad, with Tom Smith (18), Paul Horton (12) and Steven Croft (four) all dismissed by the 12th over as Lancashire slumped to 54-4.
Brown and Clark then added some much-needed stability and firepower to reach 127 before the former’s dismissal.
Durham lost captain Mark Stoneman for 12 in the third over, but Scotland international Calum MacLeod’s 45 from 34 balls looked to have put the hosts in control.
However, three wickets fell for just two runs when LV= Championship skipper Paul Collingwood (19) was quickly followed back to the pavilion by MacLeod and Gareth Breese (one) as Durham were left struggling on 100-6 with 23 balls remaining – 34 short of their target.
When Junaid Khan (3-21) bowled Muchall in the 19th over, Durham needed more than two runs a ball to win with only three wickets left.
Michael Richardson struck three from the first ball of the last over by Ali, with Pringle blasting a boundary with the next and two runs and a single from the subsequent balls.
A single from the fifth ball left Durham needing a four, but Pringle could only make two.
The Jets are quickly back in action, visiting Trent Bridge to tackle Notts tonight.