Lancashire stay alive with a massive win over Leicestershire

On the back of a nine-wicket win, Lancashire keep their hopes of making it to the quarterfinals of the Royal London Cup alive. Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone took their team past the line with an unbeaten 133-run stand for the second wicket.

Lancashire’s new-ball bowlers didn’t disappoint their skipper’s move to bowl first as they removed both the openers inside three overs. Mark Cosgrove, Leicestershire’s top-scorer, was involved in a couple of 40+ stands, with Ned Eckersley and Colin Ackermann. The latter’s downfall opened the floodgates as Leicestershire collapsed from 88-3 to 124-7, with Matthew Parkinson picking all the four wickets. The leg-spinner bowled 10 overs on the trot and finished with impressive figures of 10-2-30-4.

The troika of Graham Onions, Joe Mennie and Stephen Parry picked two wickets apiece as Leicestershire got bundled out for 172. Chasing the modest target, Lancashire lost Alex Davies in the 10th over. At 42/1, Hameed was joined by Livingstone and both batsmen notched up their respective half-tons before the Lancashire captain decided to go berserk. Livingstone smashed seven sixes and six fours in his undefeated knock of 90. He scored 22 off the last five balls and ensured that his team’s net run-rate was boosted.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 172/10 in 49 overs (Mark Cosgrove 52; Matthew Parkinson 4-30) lost to Lancashire 175/1 in 25.5 overs (Liam Livingstone 90*, Haseeb Hameed 55*) by nine wickets.

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