Mitchell’s century sees off Lancashire
CRICKET: Moeen Ali returned to county cricket with Worcestershire but was upstaged by centurion Daryl Mitchell as his side won a lastball thriller against Lancashire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Mitchell rescued the Rapids from 93-6 in pursuit of 255 in 48 overs as he reached his 100 off 117 balls with six fours.
He received sterling support from Ed Barnard in a stand of 58 and then skipper Joe Leach in an unbroken partnership of 104 in 17 overs.
Two runs were required from the final delivery but Joe Mennie delivered a wide and Mitchell and Leach scrambled the extra run to take the Rapids over the line.
It was their third win in four matches and dealt a big blow to Lancashire’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
England all-rounder Moeen has spent the last six weeks playing in the Indian Premier League and lost his Test place for the opening game of the current series against Pakistan at Lord’s.
The 30-year-old had a modest return of one wicket for 49 runs from nine overs as Lancashire totalled 254 for nine and then struck a quickfire 24.
Australian paceman Mennie’s three-wicket burst - including Moeen - put Lancashire in the driving seat but then came Mitchell’s rescue act.