One-Day Cup: Northamptonshire tie with Worcestershire despite Rob Newton ton
|Royal London One-Day Cup, County Ground, Northampton|
|Worcestershire 277-9 (50 overs): Cox 82, Mitchell 75; Azharullah 3-60|
|Northamptonshire 277-7 (50 overs): Newton 107, Rossington 63*|
|Northamptonshire (1 pt) tied with Worcestershire (1 pt)|
Worcestershire conceded a bye off the final ball of the innings as their One-Day Cup match against Northants at Wantage Road ended in a tie.
Needing 14 from the final over, Adam Rossington struck Joe Leach for three fours, but failed to hit the last ball as Northants finished on 277-7.
Rob Newton's maiden List A century had put the hosts on course for victory.
But Worcestershire took four wickets in 38 balls to set up a thrilling finale, leaving both sides to share the points.
Having been put into bat, the visitors lost Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Tom Fell cheaply before opener Daryl Mitchell's 75 steadied the ship.
Wicketkeeper Ben Cox, dropped on five, made a one-day best 82 off 75 balls before the 25-year-old was caught on the boundary as the visitors closed on 277-9.
The hosts looked to be heading towards their first victory of their One-Day Cup campaign as Newton and captain Alex Wakely shared a 106-run fourth-wicket stand.
However, with 12 overs remaining, Newton was caught off Jack Shantry by Joe Clarke in the deep before Wakely was run out two overs later by Brett D'Oliveira after being called through for a very risky single.
Steven Crook and Graeme White were then both caught behind by Cox as Northants stuttered with the finishing line in sight.
Rossington struck the first, fourth and fifth balls of the final over off Leach for four, but the Worcestershire bowler held his nerve at the death to maintain his side's unbeaten start.
Northamptonshire's Rob Newton told BBC Radio Northampton:
"We feel we've outplayed them for 85 overs and a couple of patches have let us down in a big way.
"We should have nailed them for 230 or 240. Looking back, we probably didn't mix up the bowling enough against the final partnership.
"We felt with 12 overs to go that was the time to nail the chase, I unfortunately got out, Alex went when he was just getting into his stride and that put us on the back foot.
"Adam played an unbelievable knock to almost get us over the line but we feel this is a game we should have won."
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:
"It was a really exciting, enthralling game. It's just a shame the weather prevented too many coming along.
"We did really we to get the score we did. We thought we were a little above par.
"And at one stage, Northants should have won comfortably but we kept going.
"We managed to take something from the game and maintained our unbeaten record."