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Dan Christian fires Nottinghamshire into final with six blitz against Lancashire

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Dan Christian booked Nottinghamshire’s place within the Vitality Blast last in opposition to Surrey, launching Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone for 4 consecutive sixes to settle the second semi-final at Edgbaston.

The veteran Australian, one among T20 cricket’s most adorned campaigners, pounded the Purple Rose all-rounder into the leg-side mercilessly to show a tense-looking end right into a cake stroll.

Lancashire spinner Matt Parkinson and Tom Hartley had simply mixed to take three wickets in 10 balls, leaving Christian to face up at 66 for 4 needing 29 off the final 4 overs.

The eventual margin of victory, by 5 wickets and with 16 balls of the truncated 11-over allocation, represented a crushing end result.

4 clear swings of the bat off Livingstone’s inviting leg-breaks primarily ended the intrigue, with Imad Wasim hitting the successful boundary instantly after Christian was stumped off Parkinson for 30.

Lancashire had posted 94 for 4 within the first innings, beginning brightly with 32 for one within the 20-ball powerplay.

After Alex Davies departed, Livingstone and Steven Croft hit out in a productive stand of 43 in 27 balls.

Imad’s hard-to-pick left-arm spin value a modest 20 in three overs, regardless of bowling eight deliveries with fielding restrictions in place, however Croft took Samit Patel for six and 4, earlier than each he and Livingstone launched Matt Carter over the midwicket ropes.

Carter acquired revenge on Livingstone (22) when he fell a yard brief trying one other huge swipe and picked up Dane Vilas for simply 5, reverse-sweeping his technique to an lbw determination.

Croft (33) was shaping up as the important thing man however was out-thought by Jake Ball, who mixed a large angle and a full size and persuaded the quantity three to shovel a catch in the direction of long-on. That was his 17th wicket of the marketing campaign, taking him high of the match’s bowling charts.

Keaton Jennings and Rob Jones nicked one other 16 runs however had been unable to seek out the boundary that may have nudged the goal to 3 figures.

With Chris Nash injured within the subject, Ben Duckett joined Alex Hales to open for Nottinghamshire and the pair made a speedy begin, piling on a quickfire 30 together with an early six for every.

Duckett was properly caught within the deep by Croft within the midst of a pricey first over from Saqib Mahmood, however Joe Clarke’s arrival was no much less regarding for Lancashire as he flat-batted his first ball again down the bottom for six extra.

Hales continued to go onerous, hoisting Livingstone for six and 4 into the on-side because the rating ticked to 50 within the first ball of the fifth over. The sport was disappearing till the Purple Rose picked up three wickets within the area of 10 balls.

Parkinson cleaned up Hales for 29 as he tossed one full and located some flip, earlier than Hartley eliminated Tom Moores and the in-form Clarke (17) to ramp up the stress.

At 66 for 4 and needing 29 from the final 4, Christian took issues into his personal palms by sizing up the leg-side ropes and pumping Livingstone excessive off his second, third, fourth and fifth deliveries.

Parkinson stopped him hitting the successful runs, Davies with the stumping as he charged, however he had already made the decisive transfer.

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