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Horton ton helps Lancs to victory

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP D, Northampton
Lancashire 241-4 beat Northamptonshire 240 by 6 wickets(Lancs 2pts, Northants 0pts)


Paul Horton
Paul Horton celebrates hitting his maiden one-day hundred for Lancashire

Paul Horton hit his first one-day century to ease Lancashire to a second successive FP Trophy victory.

Andrew Hall hit 81, backed by 45 from fellow South African Riki Wessels, as Northants were bowled out for 240, 15 balls going to waste at Wantage Road.

But Horton hit 12 fours in a round 100 from 108 balls, sharing a 119-run third wicket stand with Mark Chilton (41).

Both went before the end, but Francois du Plessis and Steve Croft saw Lancs home to a comfortable six-wicket win.

Lancashire's two FPT victories have come either side of this week's fine start in the Championship.

They are now without England's James Anderson, who helped inspire this week's opening win over Sussex at Hove.

But the win at his old cricketing home at Hove in particular has made it a great start to life with Lancashire for Peter Moores, following the sour end this winter to his time as England coach.

And, even without Anderson, they will hope to prove they are no one-man team in this week's second Championship clash against Nottinghamshire on Wednesday.

Seamer Saj Mahmood was the pick of the bowlers on Sunday, doing his England chances no harm with figures of 3-38 as Lancashire built on last week's comprehensive win over Glamorgan.

And, having struggled for form against Sussex during the week, picking up just five runs in twice being dismissed by Corey Collymore in the County Championship, Horton smashed his way into form with his first century of the season.


Horton told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We expected the wicket to do a little bit more, but the lads bowled really well and we thought 240 was under par.

"It's nice to be given the backing and to feel part of the team, that way I can go out and express myself.

"In hindsight I should have been there at the end and next time I will have to kick on and win the game for us."



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