All-rounders Steven Croft and Glenn Maxwell hit half-centuries as Lancashire brushed Durham aside by 72 runs in a one-sided Vitality Blast clash at Emirates Old Trafford.

Powerful with the bat and clinical with the ball and in the field, the Lightning claimed their first win in their second North Group game after Friday’s No Result at Leicestershire.

Watched by a non-Roses record crowd of 13,710 for the club’s Community Day, Croft and Australian international Maxwell underpinned an imposing 189 for three having elected to bat.

In response, Durham, who have now won one and lost one, did not threaten the target and were bowled out for 117 inside 17 overs, including opener Scott Steel’s spirited 58.

This clash was played out on one of the new hybrid pitches - a mixture of grass and astroturf - which do not deteriorate anywhere near as quickly as normal pitches.

They have been installed by many counties to help manage the load of a hectic schedule this summer and beyond. But this was the first county fixture played on one.

And while the true surface favoured the batsmen, Durham’s task of chasing close to 200 was just too tall.

Croft, 34, opened the batting for the first time in T20 in 10 years and top-scored with 65 not out off 43 balls, including two of nine sixes in the innings.

He became only the sixth Lancashire batsman to bat through an innings and shared 93 in 8.3 overs for the second wicket with overseas all-rounder Maxwell, who came in with the score at 39 for one in the sixth.

Maxwell, fresh from a disappointing World Cup, crashed four sixes in 58 off 33 balls, including one off Short’s left-arm wrist spin which thudded into the pavilion’s third tier balcony.

He later pulled the same bowler to deep square-leg when threatening to go into overdrive as Lancashire fell to 132 for two in the 14th over.

Earlier, Alex Davies (24) had set the tone with successive sixes off seamer Brydon Carse in the fifth over, including one pulled out of the ground.

Croft then opened the bowling with his off-spinners and only conceded three off the first over before James Faulkner’s third ball of left-arm seam accounted for the key wicket of compatriot and Big Bash team-mate Short, who lost his off-stump for five (10 for one in the fourth over).

Steel hit successive sixes - straight and over long-on - off Toby Lester at the start of the fifth over.

But Maxwell ran Ben Raine out with a direct from mid-on at the non-striker’s end as Durham ended the power play at 30 for two.

Matthew Parkinson later had Durham captain Stuart Poynter caught at short fine-leg as the visitors fell to 64 for four after eleven overs to all but end their hopes.

It was a particularly poignant moment for the leg-spinner following the sudden death of his mother Maria on Monday, with him pointing to the sky in celebration before receiving hugs from all his team-mates.

Parkinson later had Steel, trying to reverse sweep a second six in the 14th over, caught on the deep point boundary and Carse caught at deep mid-wicket to finish with three for 30 from 3.4 overs.