Despite being delayed by a day due to rain, the quarter-final tie between Lancashire and
Glamorgan on Saturday was definitely worth waiting for.
Heavy rain on Friday ensured the game had to go into the reserve day but, thanks to the efforts of the ground staff, the game produced some real drama for the supporters present.
Jordan Clark produced an amazing spell of bowling to steer the home side to victory.
He took 4-22, including a triple-wicket maiden, to enable Lancashire to fight their way back into the game and eventually capture victory.
Earlier in the day Glamorgan had inserted Lancashire after winning the toss and soon had the hosts in trouble at 19-2.
Lancashire struggled to score heavily throughout their innings and were indebted to Australian Usman Khawaja who hit a very important 67 for the home side as they posted 137-8. The pick of Glamorgan's bowlers were Graham Wagg (3-28) and Michael Hogan (3-33).
In reply Glamorgan looked to be cruising to victory at 92-2 but this was when Clark struck to tip the balance in Lancashire's favour. Jacques Rudolph (67) was looking to guide Glamorgan home but he could do nothing as he stood at the non-strikers end as Clark worked his magic.
First Clark dismissed the very dangerous Murray Goodwin but it was in the 16 over that Clark really made inroads into the Glamorgan batting line-up. With the first ball, the third ball and the sixth ball of the over he struck to leave the visitors struggling on 100-6.
Lancashire were on a high from this point onwards and restricted Glamorgan further to
leave them requiring 15 from the final over, bowled by Clark himself. Clark was not to be denied as he ensured the welsh county could not undo his earlier work by restricting them to requiring a six off the final ball. Clark ensured a maximum was not struck as Lancashire won by one-run to dramatically progress to finals day.
Lancashire now head to Edgbaston hoping to win the T20 trophy for the very first time. They have reached finals day four times previously, losing in the final to Somerset in 2005. The North Group table-toppers will hope to go one step further this time.
Clark, speaking to BBC Sport, was naturally delighted with his and his team's display, as he said: "A win in the quarter-final getting us through to finals day, I couldn't ask for anything more really.
"It was just kind of going back to basics and trying to hit the top of off stump. Restricting them to five an over wasn't going to win us the game. We needed wickets.
"Sometimes it's your day, and it was mine with the ball. When the opportunity comes, you've just got to take it."
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