Steven Croft had hit a composed 50 before having a brain freeze when he was trapped lbw trying to reverse sweep by left-arm spinner Dean Cosker off eight overs.
He and Mark Chilton had shared 52 in nine overs to help his side recover from in the 16th, but his dismissal signalled the beginning of the end for the visitors. Gareth Cross ran Chilton out before he was stumped off the bowling of Cosker.
Captain Glen Chapple was also run out to leave his side behind the eight-ball in the 31st over. Earlier, Kyle Hogg, Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy had all picked up two wickets as the hosts subsided from in the 21st over to all out in the 40th.
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Mark Cosgrove had bludgeoned 73 off 65 balls. Croft blunder hits Lightning's title hopes. Finally, the idea Smith would have recreated his Phoenix numbers for Tampa Bay is not a given.
There are too many variables. Knowing the competitor in Smith, his motivation to tweak the Lightning is probably through the roof, an impulse he would not have had with Tampa Bay.
Blunder and Lightning
He is getting more defensive help, too. The bottom line is that a blunder is a mistake made through stupidity. Yzerman and the Lightning were done in by circumstance. Join the conversation.
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