Mitchell’s cen­tury sees off Lan­cashire

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

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.

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