Royal London One-Day Cup, Emerald Headingley
Lancashire 311-6 (50 overs): Croft 97, Jones 65; Willey 2-51
Yorkshire 310 all out (50 overs): Kohler-Cadmore 97, Ballance 72; Mahmood 3-76
Lancashire won by 1 run
A run out off the final ball of the match from Australian Glenn Maxwell secured a one-run victory for Lancashire over Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Needing three runs to win off the final ball, Duanne Olivier could only manage a single to give Lancashire their first List-A victory over the White Rose since 2008.
In a tight affair at Emerald Headingley, all three results were possible going into the final delivery and Josh Poysden couldn’t make his ground in front of a strong crowd of 4,863.
Earlier in the match, a valuable 97 from Steven Croft helped set the foundation for the victory.
Croft fell three runs short of a century. It would have been his second century in three days after his 110 against Nottinghamshire on Friday.
He and Rob Jones combined to add 120 for the fifth wicket to steady the Lancashire innings after a nervy start, with nobody making more than 22.
They batted at a nice pace as they picked gaps and rotated the strike well before Jones (67) mistimed a pull allowing David Willey to run in and take a diving catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Tim Bresnan.
Croft batted on with Josh Bohannon and fell a short time later, edging a firm drive to Jonathan Tattersall behind the stumps in the 45th over.
At 243-6 with 23 balls remaining in the innings, 300 was looking like a big ask. However, Bohannon struck an unbeaten 55 off 32 deliveries combining with Liam Hurt, adding 68 for the seventh wicket to propel Lancashire to 311-6 off their 50 overs.
In the Yorkshire response, opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore played an integral part as he too scored 97 to give a platform.
Kohler-Cadmore hit 13 fours and a six in his 113-ball stay at the crease and was supported by former England batsman Gary Ballance (72) as the pair shared a 127-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The Saqib Mahmood wicket of Kohler-Cadmore fired the visitors up and Ballance walked back to the pavilion three overs later to leave Yorkshire on 241-5 with less than nine overs remaining.
The last five wickets fell for 45 runs inside the space of 31 balls, in an enthralling finish.
Mahmood was the pick of the Lancashire bowlers, taking 3-76. He was backed up well by leg-spinner Matt Parkinson who claimed 2-47. There was also one wicket each for Maxwell, Hurt and Graham Onions.
WHAT THEY SAID
Steven Croft spoke about the fact that Lancashire haven’t won at Headingley in the format for a long time. He said: “It was a big win for us and we didn’t want to go away with three defeats from three so it was nice to get some points on the board.
“We’ve not won here very often here in One-Day cricket and it’s great to come away with the win here today.”
Lancashire welcome Northamptonshire to Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday and they’ll be looking to carry the momentum with them and push for qualification to the knock-out stages in the One-Day Cup.
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