Liam Livingstone upstage Jos Buttler’s Blast return to power Lancashire home

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Derbyshire slip to opening-day defeat as Livingstone marries judgement to his talent

Lancashire 171 for 4 (Livingstone 94*) beat Derbyshire 168 for 7 (Reece 59, Parkinson 3-28) by six wickets

A few white-tailed sea eagles were reintroduced to the Isle of Wight recently and a similarly admirable project has resulted in the globally endangered large blue butterfly successfully breeding on Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire. We should not expect too much of these initiatives, though; your chances of having glimpsed either of these natural wonders over the last few years are still slight. But until today such prospects were far greater than the likelihood of your having seen Joseph Charles Buttler playing cricket for Lancashire.
Buttler (Jossicus ipiellicus) last turned out in his county’s scarlet plumage for their Vitality Blast semi-final against Worcestershire on September 15, 2018 yet the view that he is a Lancashire cricketer in name only will be countered this week and next when he plays six T20 matches for the Lightning. The venues are far away from Somerset, his Heimat, but at least they will allow Buttler to reconnect for a week or so with domestic cricket.
To judge from the reaction when Buttler came out to bat at Emirates Old Trafford this afternoon he will be made very welcome. The cheer that greeted his arrival was exceeded in volume only a few times this afternoon and one of those occasions saluted the searing straight-drive played by Liam Livingstone that ended the game in Lancashire’s favour by six wickets with three balls to spare.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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