Lancashire’s cricketers were set a target of 162 to win their Royal London 50-over Cup clash at Stanley Park, Blackpool today.
A near-capacity crowd saw Lancashire make early inroads against the visitors’ batting line-up on a day when county cricket returned to the ground for the first time in four years.
They got ride of the dangerous duo off England pair Eoin Morgan and Nick Compton for 17 and six respectively.
Prominent in the Lancashire attack was Tom Bailey who captured three early wickets,
At one stage, Middlesex were toiling at 74 for six, 83 for seven and 111 for eight before they came up against stubborn resistancer from tailenders James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones.
They put on 50 for the ninth wicket in 61 balls to put the breaks on Lancashire.
Middlesex only used 46.5 of their allotted overs.