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Du Plessis leads Lancs to victory

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP D, Derby
Lancashire 296-8 (50 ov) beat Derbyshire 175 (38.4 ov) by 121 runs (D/L method)

(Lancs 2pts, Derbys 0pts)


Francois du Plessis
Du Plessis struck 12 fours in his 86-ball 112

Francois du Plessis hit his first century for Lancashire as his side beat Derbyshire by 121 runs to go top of Friends Provident Trophy Group D.

The South African plundered 112 in just 86 balls and was well supported by Tom Smith (59) as the visitors racked up 296-8 from their 50 overs.

Derbyshire well started well in reply, Chris Rogers (68) helping them to 99-2.

But then the hosts lost their last eight wickets for 76 runs, with left-arm spinner Gary Keedy claiming 4-43.


Francois du Plessis told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I really enjoyed it, it was one of my biggest challenges this season to see how many centuries I could knock.

"It felt like all the innings I've played it was a good time to come through now."



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