One-Day Cup: Lancashire beat Middlesex by two wickets

James Faulkner
James Faulkner hit a crucial 35 to help Lancashire recover from 93-6
Royal London One-Day Cup, Blackpool
Middlesex 161 (46.5 overs): Harris 32, Roland-Jones 29; Bailey 3-31
Lancashire 162-8 (48 overs): Brown 36, Faulkner 35; Junaid 3-32
Lancashire won by two wickets
Match scorecard

Lancashire's lower order held their nerve to seal a dramatic two-wicket win over Middlesex in the One-Day Cup.

Middlesex were bowled out for 161, despite James Harris (32) and Toby Roland-Jones' (29) stand of 50 forging a slight recovery from 111-8.

Lancashire slumped to 93-6 as Junaid Khan took 3-32 against his former side.

James Faulkner (35) and Jordan Clark (29) put on 47 before both fell in quick succession, but Stephen Parry saw his team to 162-8 with a boundary.

When Clark was dismissed by Harris, Lancashire still needed 15 runs for victory with just two wickets in hand.

However, Parry and Tom Bailey remained composed to see Lancashire over the winning line with two overs to spare.

Middlesex head coach Richard Scott:

"The outcome was decided on the toss of a coin, although none of our top six passed 17, which was frustrating.

"The pitch didn't look too bad, but there was plenty in it. It was just a bit easier when they batted. But hats off to the lads trying to defend 160."

Lancashire seamer Tom Bailey:

"After the defeat to Essex on Monday, to bounce back with the two points is a great effort from the lads.

"We got told it was going to be a flat wicket. I don't think it was. I missed out in the first two games, which was disappointing, so it was just nice to make a contribution."