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One-Day Cup roundup: Lancashire beat Yorkshire by one run in thriller

The Guardian


Lancashire successfully defended 311 to win a nailbiting Easter Sunday Roses match by one run at Headingley and end their losing start to the Royal London One-Day Cup.

A thrilling encounter came down to Yorkshire needing 16 from the last over with two wickets remaining. Saqib Mahmood conceded fours to Jonny Tattersall off the first two balls and then another boundary to Duanne Olivier off his fourth, leaving the home side requiring three from the final two balls to win.

But Olivier was run out off the penultimate ball and then Josh Poysden was also run out off the final ball coming back for the second run that would have secured a tie.

Lancashire recovered from 116 for four to 311 for six and Yorkshire from 87 for three, with Lancashire’s Steven Croft and Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore hitting 97 apiece. Yorkshire were indebted to a 127 run fourth-wicket stand between Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance, who hit 72 off 64 balls. But it was not enough as Lancashire held their nerve.

Sussex followed up their victory against Surrey on Friday with a convincing win against Kent at Beckenham. The opener Phil Salt hit his first one-day century and finished unbeaten on 137 off 106 balls as Sussex made light work of the chase, passing the target of 299 with seven wickets and 10 overs remaining. Harry Finch also made 89 in a third-wicket partnership of 171.

Earlier, the Australia batsman Matt Renshaw hit 109 to underpin the home side’s first-innings score. Kent’s Alex Blake had a day to forget – he was dismissed by George Garton for two and then saw his four overs dispatched for 58.

Glamorgan fell three runs short of recording an astonishing victory against Somerset in Cardiff. The home side, replying to a score of 261 for nine, looked beaten at 21 for five in the sixth over. However, David Lloyd (84) and Graham Wagg (62) gave them hope, before Lukas Carey and Timm van der Gugten put on 57 for the final wicket. But Roelof van der Merwe struck with the first ball of the penultimate over, making sure of a two-run win for Somerset.

An unbeaten 152 from Colin Ackermann and a remarkable 54-ball century from Lewis Hill saw Leicestershire post 377 for four, their record List-A score against another county. Worcestershire were 75 for five in the 15th over of the reply but Ross Whiteley’s 131 from 83 balls and 61 from Ed Barnard meant they finished only 38 runs short of a succesful chase.

Jason Holder galvanised an impressive Northamptonshire performance as they overwhelmed Warwickshire. Holder hammered 60 not out from 31 balls in a total of 358 for six and then took three for 26 as Warwickshire were all out for 164 – their heaviest List-A defeat.

Stevie Eskinazi scored 107 not out and Nick Gubbins an unbeaten 98 in a fifth-wicket partnership of 184 to guide Middlesex to a comfortable six-wicket win over Gloucestershire. James Bracey (83) was Gloucestershire’s top scorer in a total of 283 for seven but Eskinazi and Gubbins saw their side home with 7.4 overs left.

Luke Fletcher took five for 56, his maiden list-A five-wicket haul, as Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire by six wickets. Derbyshire’s 297 for eight, which was built around Billy Godleman’s 116 and 88 from Luis Reece, was not enough to undly trouble the visiting side. Former Derbyshire opener Ben Slater made 83 on his return while Steven Mullaney (68 not out) and Tom Moores (52 not out) took Nottinghamshire past the victory target of 298 in the 46th over.

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