England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was the hero for Lancashire Lightning as the Red Rose edged past fierce rivals Yorkshire Vikings in the pick of Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast action.
Buttler smashed 71 not out off just 35 balls to stun the Headingley crowd, with his single off the final delivery of the Roses match earning Lancashire a four-wicket victory.
The visitors looked set for defeat in pursuit of 186 when they were left needing 45 from the last three overs, but Buttler insisted he was always confident he would see his side home.
“Seventeen off the last... as soon as I hit the first ball of that over, I knew we were going to win,” he said.
“I didn’t feel any pressure - I was immersed in the game. All the pressure is on the bowler, playing in front of their home crowd - 16,000 people are expecting them to win.
“If I was there at there at the end, I knew we were going to win.”
Buttler’s heroics meant disappointment for England team-mates Joe Root and Gary Ballance, who had earlier struck 55 and 31 respectively in Yorkshire’s 185 for eight.
*There was drama elsewhere as Usman Arshad held his nerve to steer leaders Durham Jets to a five-run triumph over Derbyshire Falcons.