Big hitting batsman Chris Cairns was run out in unfortunate circumstances as Notts Outlaws suffered their third successive defeat in the Twenty20 Cup.

Steven Croft dived to stop Will Jefferson’s powerful drive and deflected the ball on to the stumps with Cairns out of his ground in the midst of a batting slump that leaves Notts needing to win against Yorkshire on Friday to stand a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

The result secured Lancashire’s place in the knockout stages as Lou Vincent hit 56 from 36 balls before he was lbw to Samit Patel.

Andrew Flintoff was caught by Rob Ferley off Mark Ealham for nine and Adam Voges held a superb diving catch to see off Francois du Plessis.

Lancashire’s set a target of 155, which looked achievable on a good pitch in favourable conditions but only Jefferson (35) and Cairns (21) scored more than 20 runs as Notts stuttered to 132 all out.

"Playing Lancashire at Old Trafford is always going to be tough, particularly when someone like Lou Vincent plays well, but we should be able to chase 150 on a decent deck,” said Outlaws all-rounder Andre Adams.

"Rob Ferley and the spinners bowled exceptionally well and we should be able to chase 150 with the talent in our batting line-up

"We've got so much ability in the top order and we have the potential to score the 170s and 180s that you need to win this competition but we played some poor shots early on and it was significant that we didn't get off to a good start.

"To lose Chris Cairns in a run out situation like that was disappointing but losing wickets at key times really cost us.”

Needing 24 to win from the final over, Darren Pattinson was stumped to end the Outlaws challenge which will resume at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Notts Outlaws Twenty20 Cup Ticket Information

Notts Outlaws face Yorkshire Carnegie at Trent Bridge on Friday June 27 (play commences at 5:30pm).

Tickets are available on the day priced £15 for adults, £15 for senior citizens, £8 for juniors and £38 for families (two adults and two children).

Discounts of up to £3 per ticket are available on advanced tickets purchased before 4pm on Thursday.

Advance tickets cost £12 for adults, £7 for juniors and senior citizens and £31 for families (two adults and two children).

Groups of ten or more can buy tickets for the special price of £9.60 each in advance in person or by phone from the ticket office.

Group tickets are not available online and must be purchased before 4pm the day before the game.

To book, call 0870 168 8888 or buy online from the ticket section of the website.