One-Day Cup: Middlesex seal final-over victory against Essex
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Lord's|
|Middlesex 219-8 (50 overs): Franklin 55; Lawrence 3-35, Napier 3-50|
|Essex 215-9 (50 overs): Browne 79; Roland-Jones 4-40|
|Middlesex won by four runs|
Middlesex sealed victory against Essex in a close One-Day Cup game at Lord's which went down to the final over.
The hosts struggled with the bowling of Dan Lawrence (3-35) and Graham Napier (3-50) as they made 219-8 with James Franklin's 55 boosting their innings.
Essex started well, with Nick Browne hitting 79, but they struggled when he was removed by Franklin.
The visitors needed 11 runs off the last six balls but lost Ashar Zaidi and finished five runs short on 215-9.
Toby Roland-Jones (4-40) had kept Essex pegged back in their innings with the paceman doing the damage as time ran out for the visitors.
Despite the defeat, Essex remain in second place in the One-Day Cup South Group table, with a game still to play.