Second XI secure home semi-final with narrow win
SECOND XI REPORT
Lancashire booked a home semi-final in the Second XI trophy after a nail biting victory over Worcestershire with five balls and just one wicket to spare at Neston CC.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first but opener Rhodes made a fast start hitting early boundaries as Worcestershire put on 47 for the first wicket, as Toby Lester dismissed Wesbury.
Luke Procter took Lancashire's second wicket of Kervezee leaving the visitors 75/2 in the twelve over. Rhodes went past his half century but fell sooner after with Matthew Parkinson dismissing the Worcestershire opener.
Hepburn and Ross Whiteley put on 74 for the fourth wicket before Lancashire struck twice in quick succession through Josh Bohannon and Arron Lilley to leave Worcestershire 206/6 in the 38th over.
Malik hit a crucial 44, off just 37 balls, which gave Worcestershire impetus before Lester and Danny Lamb took two wickets each in the six overs. The visitors were bowled out for 275.
In reply, Lancashire made the worst possible start as Karl Brown was dismissed in the first over. Calum Turner followed just seven overs later to leave the hosts 32/2.
Rob Jones and Luke Procter rebuilt for Lancashire with the pair putting on 48 for the third wicket before Jones, and then Bohannon, coming in at five, fell in quick time with Lancashire 97/4 after 27 overs.
Procter moved to his half century and was joined by Brooke Guest who came in and played aggressively for Lancashire. The wicket keeper hit two maximums as the pair put on 51 before Procter (67) departed.
Danny Lamb (24) and Shafiq (20) hit important runs for Lancashire, as did Lester (16) as the hosts took it down to the final over, with just one wicket remaining.
Arron Lilley (25*) hit the winning runs and Lancashire secured a thrilling one wicket win to secure a home semi final next Friday.
Further details will be announced in due course.