Twenty20 Cup - North Division
Lancashire 220-5 (A Flintoff 93, V V S Laxman 63) v Derbyshire 164-7 (G M Smith 56, C J L Rogers 52)
Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 56 runs
Andrew Flintoff was the star of the show at Derby as he helped Lancashire clinch a quarter-final place in the Twenty20 Cup.
The all-rounder proved his form and fitness ahead of meeting up with the England training squad on Friday with a superb display with both bat and ball
Flintoff smashed 93 off just 41 balls - the highest score by a player batting at five in the history of the domestic tournament - to help the Lightning plunder 220-5.
He then followed up his whirlwind innings with figures of 2-32 from his four overs which helped restrict Derbyshire to 164-7 in reply.
Chris Rogers made a rapid 52 at the top of the order for the hosts, the Australian hitting six fours and two sixes in his 31-ball knock.
The Phantoms' skipper shared a second-wicket stand of 69 with Greg Smith, who top-scored with 56, after seeing Graham Wagg bowled off an inside edge by Flintoff.
However, Derbyshire lost wickets at regular intervals in the middle overs in an attempt to keep up with the spiralling asking rate, their cause not helped by two run outs.
Flintoff yorked David Pipe in his last over to complete a fine personal performance that will have delighted all England supporters ahead of the upcoming Test series against Australia.
His batting will certainly have grabbed the attention of the tourists, as he made his highest competitive score since his century at Trent Bridge in the last Ashes battle on home soil four years ago.
The 31-year-old hammered six sixes and nine fours to march towards three figures before a spectacular catch by Smith out on the mid-wicket boundary.
VVS Laxman helped add 99 in 10 overs, though the Indian's composed 63 off 45 deliveries almost went unnoticed due to the fireworks coming from batting partner Flintoff, who went to his 50 from just 24 balls.
Paul Horton had earlier chipped in with a 15-ball 24 as Lancashire - who are now certain to finish top of the North Division, therefore guaranteeing a home tie in the last eight - managed to post their biggest ever Twenty20 total.