Silverware for the Red Jerseys

Since 1999 Lancashire were unable to win a limited over title to their names though appearing in many of the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of multiple limited over cricketing contests in England. They were facing a long drought which ended this year.

There was a reason why Richard thought aristocrats developed weak chins and for Lancashire there was a reason they were tagged as the domestic South Africans as they failed to gain one single title despite being in the knockout stages many a times.

Perhaps Ashely Giles the new director for the Lancashire County is the reason for this miraculous performance who vowed to change things after being appointed as the new director and in his first year the results are speaking for themselves.

Giles who was thought to be a strong candidate for the English team’s coaching spot after Peter Moores was sacked from the job was clearly told by the board that he will not seal any chance so applying would be a complete waste of time.

However Giles performance with Warwickshire in 2012 that led them win the county championship and now with Lancashire points out things towards some other rational directions. Giles has clearly denied about thinking of anything else apart from being the job he is doing at the moment.

Giles who has coached England in the past was never a satisfactory man with the selection process. He being the coach of the team had zero involvement in team selection and he was always pretty much vocal about it.

Lancashire owe his victory to Giles who was there at the stadium moving around at the last moments of the match. His anxiety was focused on his face. Alex Davies gave the Lancashire the ideal start with hitting 47 runs of just 26 balls.

The opening stand gave Lancashire 77 runs in the first 9 overs. The way things gathered around in the middle for Lancashire seemed enough to take them pass 180 runs but then the final day arrival Shahid Afridi stepped in and shattered the dreams.

Afridi and David Willey bowled beautifully and then came a stage when Lancashire lost 4 wickets in a short span of 8 balls. Aaron right in the last two overs helped Lancashire stand up to a chance again by collecting 24 runs of the last 12 balls.

Lancashire ended up with 166 runs while for Northomptonshire, Afridi picked up 3 wickets for 14 runs. In the bowling the Lancashire again had the ideal start when they took Lewi and Willey upfront thanks to graceless Faulkner.

Faulkner bowled beautifully though he had a dislocated finger courtesy a hit back from Afridi he still managed to hold on to the pain. Northomptonshire ended up scoring 153 for the loss of 6 wickets with Cobb being the highest run scorer with 44 to his name.

Lancashire won their first title after 16 long years by 13 runs and the wild celebrations at the presentation ceremony evicted that the boys were really missing the silverware for a very long time.



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