Lancashire thwarted

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England's forgotten leg-spinner Chris Schofield proved his worth with the bat with an unbeaten 69, but it could not prevent a one-wicket defeat against India A in Lancashire's limited-overs game at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Schofield and Gregor Maiden shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 130. Maiden was eventually dismissed for 62, to leave stranded and Lancashire 191 all out with three overs of the allotted 50 still remaining. Irfan Pathan did most damage with 4 for 19 in 10 overs.

Oliver Newby removed India's two openers with 14 on the board before Sajid Mahmood swept in with 3 for 28 in 10 overs to put Lancashire in the driving seat with India A at 155 for 9.

However, Pathan and Aavishkar Salvimade a last-wicket stand of 37 with 5.2 overs remaining.

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