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By Matt Mason 07/06 Updated: 08/06 11:22

Buy photos » Class act - Vikram Solanki scored a brilliant century at Old Trafford. Picture by George Thorne.

SPEAKING to Daryl Mitchell this week I know he and the lads felt incredibly frustrated by the defeat to Lancashire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Tuesday.

When you get two centurions like we did in that game, you don't tend to end up on the losing side very often.

As much as everyone says Duckworth Lewis is the fairest way possible of getting a result, it doesn't always feel like that when you end up suffering a defeat like the one at Old Trafford.

The guys batted terrifically well and I think the way Vikram Solanki and Phil Hughes played was almost the perfect one day partnership.

Vikram was obviously going well at the top of the order so Phil took the time to get himself in and then played very much for the powerplays.

He wanted to score at a run a ball and when the powerplay came he took on the bowlers to great effect.

I thought Vikram's innings was absolutely terrific. No one works harder on their game than Vik and he is starting to get his rewards because some of his shots were fantastic.

He continues to show that even at 36 the class he's had his whole career is still there.

To be fair I though Ajmal Shazad bowled a fantastic opening spell at Moeen and Vik but we weathered the storm and waited to put the bad ball away from the other bowlers.

If there was one little criticism then it was maybe that we should have ended up with 270 or 280 but we kept losing too many wickets when there were still overs left and it meant every few balls there was a new batter trying to get in.

We were probably 20 runs short of where we thought we would be but we were still very unlucky to lose that game.

Before he arrived at Worcestershire I didn't know Phil Hughes personally but there has been a lot of things spoken about his technique.

But if you speak to Phil he doesn't see what all the drama is about. He goes about his business and plays the way he wants to play. He knows his game inside out and he just has his own unique way of playing certain deliveries, which some people see as a technical flaw.

But Phil sees it as a strength and I think that is why he does so well because he doesn't dwell on these things and is very positive in his approach. He wants to score big runs for us because he's very determined to get back into the Australian side.

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