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MATCH REPORT | LANCASHIRE V MIDDLESEX

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Match report provided by the ECB Reporters Network


Middlesex’s young bowlers just about held their nerve to secure a six-run win over Lancashire in a magnificent Royal London Cup match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Defending 257, the visitors were indebted to 20-year-old leg spinner Luke Hollman, who took four for 56, but the visitors had to withstand a late assault from Danny Lamb, whose 21-ball 33 looked as though it might win the game until he was bowled by Ethan Bamber when four balls remained in the game.

Middlesex’s total owed much to Sam Robson’s 81-ball 76 and also to Martin Andersson’s partnerships with tailenders Thilan Wallalawita and Bamber that saw 67 runs added for the last two wickets in less than ten overs

The visitors probably envisaged making an even bigger total when they were 80 for one in the 18th over but Stevie Eskinazi became the second of his side’s batters after Josh de Caires to be caught by Lamb when he top-edged a rank full-toss from George Balderson to fine leg where the Lancashire all-rounder dived full length to clutch the ball in his right hand.

Eskinazi’s departure for 45 was followed by that of the Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb for 14 seven overs later and once again Lamb literally had a hand in things when he dived backwards from short fine-leg to take a one-handed snare off Jack Morley.

By that stage Robson had reached his fifty off 54 balls and the four-day opener continued to bat fluently despite appearing to pull his hamstring, an injury that necessitated the use of a runner. Robbie White was caught behind off leg-spinner Luke Wells for 18 and that wicket started a collapse that saw Middlesex decline

from 154 for three to 190 for eight in nine overs.

Three of the five wickets were taken in eight balls by Tom Bailey, who finished with three for 33 and was clearly the pick of his side’s attack. Indeed Bailey was the only bowler to concede less than five runs an over and Wallalawita helped himself to two sixes and a couple of fours when Jack Morley and Liam Hurt’s radar malfunctioned. Andersson ended the innings unbeaten on 42.

Lacashire’s reply began badly as both Josh Bohannon and Wells fell to Bamber and James Harris for single figure scores but Jennings and Rob Jones had put on 63 in some comfort before Jennings injured his right leg when setting off to complete a leg bye.

Following treatment he was helped from the field in obvious pain but Jones and Steven Croft added a further 77 before Croft fell to Hollman for 41. Balderson then hit de Caires for two sixes over the short leg-side but both he and Jones were dismissed by Hollman, whose eighth over was crucial in deciding the outcome.

Jones was caught by de Caires at long-off for a career-best List A score of 72 but that only prompted Lamb’s defiant assault that nearly brought Lancashire a famous victory. Jennings’ injury prevented him coming out to bat when Lancashire’s ninth wicket fell.

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Tue 03 August
Royal London One-Day Cup - Group A
Emirates Old Trafford
Start Time: 11:00
Duration: 1 day

Lancashire Lancashire
Middlesex Middlesex

Middlesex won by 6 runs

Match report provided by the ECB Reporters Network


Middlesex’s young bowlers just about held their nerve to secure a six-run win over Lancashire in a magnificent Royal London Cup match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Defending 257, the visitors were indebted to 20-year-old leg spinner Luke Hollman, who took four for 56, but the visitors had to withstand a late assault from Danny Lamb, whose 21-ball 33 looked as though it might win the game until he was bowled by Ethan Bamber when four balls remained in the game.

Middlesex’s total owed much to Sam Robson’s 81-ball 76 and also to Martin Andersson’s partnerships with tailenders Thilan Wallalawita and Bamber that saw 67 runs added for the last two wickets in less than ten overs

The visitors probably envisaged making an even bigger total when they were 80 for one in the 18th over but Stevie Eskinazi became the second of his side’s batters after Josh de Caires to be caught by Lamb when he top-edged a rank full-toss from George Balderson to fine leg where the Lancashire all-rounder dived full length to clutch the ball in his right hand.

Eskinazi’s departure for 45 was followed by that of the Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb for 14 seven overs later and once again Lamb literally had a hand in things when he dived backwards from short fine-leg to take a one-handed snare off Jack Morley.

By that stage Robson had reached his fifty off 54 balls and the four-day opener continued to bat fluently despite appearing to pull his hamstring, an injury that necessitated the use of a runner. Robbie White was caught behind off leg-spinner Luke Wells for 18 and that wicket started a collapse that saw Middlesex decline

from 154 for three to 190 for eight in nine overs.

Three of the five wickets were taken in eight balls by Tom Bailey, who finished with three for 33 and was clearly the pick of his side’s attack. Indeed Bailey was the only bowler to concede less than five runs an over and Wallalawita helped himself to two sixes and a couple of fours when Jack Morley and Liam Hurt’s radar malfunctioned. Andersson ended the innings unbeaten on 42.

Lacashire’s reply began badly as both Josh Bohannon and Wells fell to Bamber and James Harris for single figure scores but Jennings and Rob Jones had put on 63 in some comfort before Jennings injured his right leg when setting off to complete a leg bye.

Following treatment he was helped from the field in obvious pain but Jones and Steven Croft added a further 77 before Croft fell to Hollman for 41. Balderson then hit de Caires for two sixes over the short leg-side but both he and Jones were dismissed by Hollman, whose eighth over was crucial in deciding the outcome.

Jones was caught by de Caires at long-off for a career-best List A score of 72 but that only prompted Lamb’s defiant assault that nearly brought Lancashire a famous victory. Jennings’ injury prevented him coming out to bat when Lancashire’s ninth wicket fell.

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