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September 1, 2007
Lancashire 254 for 5 (Cross 76, Laxman 50) beat Warwickshire 253 for 7 (Carter 92, Marshall 3-36) by five wickets
Gareth Cross and Paul Horton began the run-chase with a stand of 122 at more than six-an-over as Warwickshire's seam bowlers went round the ground. Cross, Lancashire's reserve wicketkeeper who was playing as a batsman, was particularly impressive as he hit 12 fours and a six in his 69-ball innings.
However, as happened in Warwickshire's innings the spinners changed the complexion of the match. Alex Loudon had Horton caught at long-off and then added Mark Chilton, who was snapped up at short midwicket. Cross was also caught in the deep, off Nick James, and Lancashire were left needing a run-a-ball.
VVS Laxman and Steven Croft added 65 to put Lancashire back on course, Laxman making a 49-ball 50, and Dominic Cork's 21 helped seal the result.
Carter, fighting for his Warwickshire future, had been in dramatic form with a powerful assault on the Lancashire attack. But when he fell to Simon Marshall's first ball the middle order struggled to make the most of the platform.
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