Bailey denies Lancashire

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Lancashire missed the chance to go top of the AXA Equity and Law League after collapsing to a dramatic one-run defeat against Northamptonshire at Old Trafford. The home side needed four off the final over, but Rob Bailey denied Gary Yates the chance of victory to give Northants their first Sunday League win of the season.

Michael Atherton and Nick Speak put on 60 in the first 12 overs, then John Crawley and Neil Fairbrother hit 67 for the third wicket. Fairbrother was brilliantly run out by Kevin Curran and Graham Lloyd was bowled by Anil Kumble to spark the collapse, and Lancashire lost their last six wickets for 33 runs.

Lancashire's misery was deepened with the news that Peter Martin will miss Saturday's Benson and Hedges Cup final against Kent - and could miss the rest of the Test series against West Indies, after tearing the ligaments on the outside of his ankle.

Graeme Hick, who was available only because of England's Test humiliation, hammered a 68-ball century to help Worcestershire to victory over Durham.

Heavily tipped to be dropped by England after scoring three in each innings at Edgbaston, Hick hit 130 - the highest Sunday score made against Durham - and took three wickets as Worcestershire triumphed by 79 runs at Darlington.

Mark Ealham hit the fastest-ever Sunday century as Kent grabbed a four- run win over Derbyshire at Maidstone. Ealham hit 112, with his century coming off off 44 balls in 42 minutes.

The defending champions, Warwickshire, made it five Sunday wins in a row, defeating Leicestershire by 112 runs at Grace Road. Warwickshire scored their biggest total of the season, making 277 for 4. Leicestershire were dismissed for 165 in 38.2 overs.