Andrew Flintoff hit his highest competitive score since the 2005 Ashes when he thrashed 93 for Lancashire against Derbyshire in English county cricket’s Twenty20 Cup.
Less than a fortnight before the latest edition of the Ashes gets underway in Cardiff, England all-rounder Flintoff faced just 41 balls with six sixes and nine fours as Lancashire posted their competition best score of 220 for six yesterday.
Flintoff was in superb form, reaching his highest score since he made 102 against Australia during the Trent Bridge Test four years ago.
He was particularly severe on former South Africa quick Nantie Hayward, pulling him for two sixes and three fours as 26 runs came off the 18th over.
What made life even worse for Derbyshire was that Flintoff combined with India batsman VVS Laxman (63) to share a stand of 99 in 10 overs.
In the end Flintoff was only denied a century by a brilliant one-handed catch on the boundary by Greg Smith.
Pace bowler Flintoff, only recently returned from a knee injury, then took two wickets for 32 runs from his four overs as Lancashire won by 56 runs in what was his last match before joining up with England.
Flintoff’s Test team-mate Alastair Cook, left out of England’s World Twenty20 squad, made 100 not out as Essex beat Surrey by 84 runs at the Oval.