McClenaghan plays starring role for Lancashire

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 13:01 24/07/2013
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WICKET-TAKER: Mitchell McClenaghan in action for Lancashire.

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New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan's impact on the English Twenty20 cricket competition has continued, with bat as well as ball.

Batting at No 11 for Lancashire, McClenaghan hit the last delivery of the match for four to earn a dramatic tie with Leicestershire at Leicester today. It was the first ball McClenaghan faced and he dispatched Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan to the boundary as Lancashire reached 139-9, the same score as their opponents.

Earlier, McClenaghan took 2-29 with the ball, moving his wicket tally to 14 from eight matches at an average of 17.57 and economy rate of 7.93.

Lancashire have four wins and two ties from eight matches and sit second behind Ian Butler's Nottinghamshire in the North Division. Notts lost a rain-shortened nine-over match to Derbyshire.

Also today, New Zealand spinner Nathan McCullum's Glamorgan secured a five-wicket win over Worcestershire at Cardiff. McCullum took an expensive 1-52 with the ball then was four not out when Glamorgan chased down 158.

McCullum has eight wickets from eight matches at 26, and economy rate of 8.00. Glamorgan are second in their division behind Northamptonshire.

Hamish Rutherford's Essex are also in quarterfinal contention and are second in the South Division behind Hampshire. Rutherford scored 84 off 53 balls in their last match, a win over Sussex, to boost his average to 32.57 at a strike rate of 176. 

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