One-Day Cup: Warwickshire beat Lancashire to dent Red Rose knockout hopes
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Edgbaston|
|Lancashire 277-7 (50 overs): Vilas 83, Mahmood 45; Thomson 3-27|
|Warwickshire 256-5 (44.3/45 overs): Hain 84 not out, Banks 61; Anderson 3-21|
|Warwickshire (2 pts) beat Lancashire by five wickets (DLS method)|
Warwickshire won a thrilling run-chase against Lancashire to leave the Red Rose's hopes of reaching the One-Day Cup knockout stages out of their hands.
Two rain delays left the Bears with a revised target of 255 in 45 overs after Lancashire had earlier made 277-7 from their full 50-over allocation.
Sam Hain (84 not out) and Alex Mellor (30 not out) got the Bears home by five wickets with three balls to spare.
Captain Dane Vilas (83) had been the mainstay of Lancashire's innings.
James Anderson's impressive spell of 3-21 in nine overs looked set to earn Lancashire the win that would have guaranteed a place in the knockout stages.
But, having now finished their group games, they will have to wait for other results to unfold on Monday, chiefly fourth-placed Durham's visit to Yorkshire.
Warwickshire themselves are already out of contention to qualify but their second win of the competition was made even more remarkable as Hain batted through an injury to see them home.
Will Rhodes was his runner for the last 10 overs as Chris Woakes (20) and Mellor, who his two sixes and two fours from his 13 balls, saw most of the strike.
England all-rounder Woakes was earlier wicketless in his 10 overs as he continued his build-up for the ODI series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday at The Oval.
Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel told BBC WM:
"It is a good feeling to win tight games. And to win a tight game with some relatively young guys having an impact alongside the steady, calm nature of Sam Hain was very pleasing.
"Sam has good career-figures in List A cricket but the exciting thing is he's still working on his game. It's all about learning - and learning fast. Sam's averaging 58 in List A - how do we get him to 60, to 62?
"There were a lot of really good contributions, from Chris Woakes and Oliver Hannon-Dalby up top, from Alex Thomson, Liam Banks and Alex Mellor."
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple:
"We probably didn't play as well as we have for the last five games, so you have to take it on the chin. Warwickshire played well and it was a close game.
"We lost some wickets in the middle of the innings that we haven't been losing in recent games and ended up probably 20 or 30 short. Then we had them three down and were on to.
"But 50-over cricket is about continuing to take wickets, When it comes down to 90 needed off 11 overs of course you are still in the game but you need to keep taking wickets and we didn't."