IT was no surprise that Blackpool stopped the rot of three successive defeats on the day of Steven Croft’s first guest appearance of the season – but the shock was that the Lancashire star made a bigger impact with the ball than the bat in the six-wicket home win over Lancaster.
Ben Simm had the thrill of dismissing the Red Rose deputy skipper for just three runs, caught by Dinesh Ranga, having earlier been one of Croft’s three victims with the ball.
But a second prize scalp, that of Croft’s fellow opener Con de Lange, proved more elusive as the Blackpool pro went on to make 60 from 57 balls, including seven fours, as the home side powered towards their target of 160.
Croft’s 3-25 off 6.5 overs of spin was topped by Steven Mercer’s 4-31 as the visitors were dismissed with 13 balls remaining, the main contributions coming from No.4 Tim Barry, whose 42 included three sixes, and opener Michael Stevens (37).
Besides Croft, John Mounsey and Andy Furniss also fell cheaply for Blackpool but unbeaten knocks from Michael Moore (33, including seven fours), and Alex Smith with a run-a-ball 35 saw the hosts home with over 13 overs remaining.
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