Glen Chapple kept Lancashire’s last-gasp survival bid alive in the most tense of circumstances in their LV= County Cricket Championship relegation-decider against Middlesex at Emirates Old Trafford.
The 40-year-old all-rounder, potentially playing the final game of his 23-season career for the Red Rose, steered Lancashire to the final bonus point they required to stay alive with just four balls to spare.
Lancashire needed seven runs from the final over to reach 300 - and the extra point they required - before the bonus-point cut-off.
Chapple responded by launching Toby Roland-Jones’ first ball over the mid-wicket rope, before squeezing three to get his side over the line.
Lancashire immediately declared at 302 for eight, and with a lead of 88 runs, to be in a reasonable position to claim the win they now must secure to leapfrog Middlesex and move out of the drop zone.
But Middlesex, led by skipper Chris Rogers, made a promising start to their second innings reaching 50 without loss in the early stages of the Thursday afternoon session.