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Lancashire knocked out of One-Day Cup after defeat

Lancashire knocked out of One-Day Cup after defeat

Lancashire are out of the Royal London one-day Cup after their fourth defeat of the season, against Worcestershire by four wickets at New Road today.

The Lightning failed to defend their total of 267-7, which including Steven Croft’s 78 off 105 balls after he had elected to bat first in a must win fixture.

Lancashire struggled to gain any attacking momentum through their innings played out on a used pitch suiting pace off the ball.

They slipped to 81-3 inside 17 overs and later saw Worcester find the boundary with more regularity as Tom Fell anchored the chase with a maiden List A century.

Fell, 22-years-old, only returned to first-team action earlier this month having beaten two bouts of cancer since Christmas.

He finished with 116 not out off 123 balls to seal the win with 2.2 overs to spare to keep the Rapids’ hopes of quarter-final qualification alive ahead of tomorrow’s final round of matches.

Unfortunately, after giving themselves a chance of qualification with a win at Derby last Wednesday, Lancashire could not back it up here.

“We came here with high hopes of going back-to-back and trying to qualify, but we left it too late to start playing some good cricket,” said cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles.

“I don’t think we played as well as we have the last couple of days.

“I thought the score was good enough on that pitch. It was slow and difficult if you got the ball in the right area. But I don’t think we bowled anywhere near as well as we can.

“That was disappointing because over the last couple of games that has been our strong point.

“I thought generally we were good in the field, but it’s led by the bowlers a lot, and I thought a few were nowhere near.

“That’s a broad brush to paint, and although it wasn’t everyone, our standards were down.”

Lancashire’s innings was built around Croft’s second successive fifty after his 68 in the win over Derbyshire on Wednesday.

He hit one six, over square-leg off a full toss from the off-spin of George Rhodes, and six fours.

The skipper shared a partnership of 64 for the fourth wicket with Karl Brown, who made 43, and 99 for the fifth with Luke Procter, 47.

The innings was a steady accumulation, with leg-spinner Brett D’Oliveira conceding only 27 runs from his ten overs, while medium pacer Daryl Mitchell returned 1-41 with the wicket of Brown caught behind.

South African seamer Kyle Abbott returned the pick of the figures, 3-56.

He had Tom Smith caught at mid-off after a miscue and, having conceded three successive boundaries to compatriot Alviro Petersen, he had him caught behind the next ball for 32 to leave the score at 49-2 after nine.

Liam Livingstone edged Rhodes behind having earlier hit him for six before Brown fell in similar fashion to Mitchell as the score slipped to 145-4 in the 33rd.

Rhodes conceded his third six to Procter, over long-on, before Croft, Procter and Jordan Clark all holed out inside the last four overs of the innings.

Lancashire made a bright start to the defence, with Saqib Mahmood continuing his recent encouraging form by getting Mitchell caught behind at the start of his second over to leave the score at 12-1.

He and Kyle Jarvis then conceded 15 apiece off the seventh and eighth overs as the hosts moved beyond 50.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit Jarvis for six over long-on and Fell took Mahmood for three successive boundaries on the way to a 58-run stand.

But their alliance was broken by Smith, who forced Kohler-Cadmore to slice to deep cover in the eleventh for 30 - 70-2.

Fell and Joe Clarke took the score beyond 100 in the 17th over as Croft rang the bowling changes. He used six bowlers in the first 18 overs.

And him switching ends for Parry, from the New Road to the Diglis End, immediately did the trick as he had Clarke caught at short cover and D’Oliveira stumped in successive overs as the score fell to 122-4 in the 21st.

Unfortunately, Fell kept the Rapids on track.

He reached 50 off 47 balls, like Croft his second in a row in this competition. The hosts reached halfway at 135-4 and 30 overs at 166-4, needing a further 102.

The 22-year-old found a useful ally in powerful left-hander Ross Whiteley (38) with whom he shared 83 inside 17 overs for the fifth wicket before the latter was bowled by Croft in the 37th - 202-5.

Fell reached his century off 104 balls with 14 fours as Worcester reached 227-5 after 41 overs, needing 41 more to win.

He was involved in three half-century stands in all, the latter being 57 for the sixth wicket with Ben Cox, who holed out to deep mid-wicket off Mahmood for 31 with only six runs needed in the 47th.

Lancashire face Durham tomorrow in their final group game tomorrow. It is a floodlit fixture at Emirates Old Trafford, starting at 2pm.

It is, unfortunately, the Lightning’s last limited overs fixture of 2016 following a group stage exit in the NatWest T20 Blast earlier this weekend.

Giles added: “We can’t be fobbing games off. But if we think it’s a good experience for somebody to play, then we should give them a go.”

Mark Johnson

Hahaha, what a shambles. Thumbs up to that. Hope we get it right in the most important CC1 4 day games left. As long as we get the right people picked we have a good chance!

brian burns

Or Giles,Allott, Cork, Atherton and Bumble out the commentary box. Trust me, I was waiting for the call too to see if I fancied an over of medium pace!

Neil Harvey

Got to agree with much on here;paying a high price for carrying the likes of:Brown,Clark & Proctor-all simply not good enough & given numerous chances. Out of the T20 and now out of & bottom of the Royal London-again not good enough. No overseas player for the majority of T20 hasn't helped and have missed Butler & Davis. Also think we will be very lucky to survive staying out of the bottom two in the CC1.

brian burns

I was at Derby on Weds and was by the players balcony. At the end of the game I past a cursory "well done" to Giles, Chappell, Lilley and two other Lancs staff. They all looked at me with blank faces either in shock that we had won or that I was some kind of alien. If it was the latter, I do feel like one after watching this season. I have also wrote to Giles about our plight, but what a surprise, no response -Off to Mars I go!

Mark Johnson

Your 100% right Brian. What the hell was the thinking behind using 8 bowlers, it was as if though the thought process was lets give the whole team a little go and warm up. A little surprised the wicket keeper didn't bowl and Saqib Mahmood take the gloves.

David Barlow

Hi Brian, I totally agree. Today was dreadful, again, and I despair about the lack of strategy and tactics.

David Barlow

I attended the game today and have also seen the games at Leicester and Derby. I am completely baffled and bewildered by what I saw today. Can someone, coach or captain, explain the use of 8 different bowlers, operating in a totally random order from both ends? It was totally mystifying and I cannot believe that there was any kind of strategy or logic to it. Did the the Captain and Coach really agree this as the best way to defend a total that was a bit short but was still one we could defend? Why was Jordan Clark only introduced into the attack in the 35th over, given one over (not a particularly good one) and then promptly removed from the attack? Bowlers are paid to bowl in my book even if 'pace off' is the way to go, so to watch part time, innocuous spin from Liam L and Steven C while Kyle J et al kicked their heels was, again, frustrating and beyond any kind of logic. Stephen P is the only one who consistently performs and he deserves a lot of credit. This all looked totally random and like so may performances this season it appeeared to lack any kind of strategy or 'cricket brain'. We got what we deserved today which was absolutely nothing. I'm off to Southampton with a sinking feeling. Coach Giles, what's the plan?

Mark Johnson

Agreed. Haseeb Hameed should certainly be opening in the 50 over format, as the openers have done absolutely nothing all season, weather it be ODI or T20. We need someone who we can bat around/ to hold an innings together, all we have had is a boundary or so and give away your wicket! Get Hameed in tomorrow and stop carrying the average players (Brown,Clark, Jarvis, Proctor, Smith and Buck).

brian burns

You have repeated this comment all season and have done nothing to eradicate the problem. You and the skipper should be accountable for continuing to pick players out of form and use them at the serious end of each game( Brown and Edwards ). What do you expect when this happens and average players too(Clark, Jarvis, Proctor, Smith and Buck) are picked and the likes of Hameed overlooked, Griffiths bombed out and no overseas players or transfers in made.
A truly dreadful season, and as mentioned, the finger points at two people. We can only hope we hang on to our first division status. That too I feel will be in doubt

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