Royal London One-Day Cup round-up: Tom Fell fuels Worcestershire victory

• Fell sets up defeat of Lancashire after return from cancer treatment
• Northamptonshire draw level with Yorkshire at top of North Group

Weeks after Tom Fell’s return from chemotherapy he scored his first List A century as Worcestershire beat Lancashire by four wickets at New Road. Fell made 116 not out as the Rapids successfully chased 268 with 14 balls to spare and in the process ended their opponents’ hopes of going through to the knock-out stage.

Worcestershire now have to win their final group game, against Nottinghamshire – who lost to Leicestershire by eight runs, Niall O’Brien top-scoring for the victors with an 81-ball 82 – at Trent Bridge on Monday, and look for favourable results elsewhere. For Fell, who had surgery last year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and went through three cycles of chemotherapy when a scan discovered a growth on a lymph node in March, it was an emotional milestone. Having completed two 50s since returning to the county side a month ago, he moved up a gear in an innings of high quality on a pitch where Lancashire found it difficult to dictate to spinners or the slower-paced seam bowlers. “I felt really good,” Fell said. “Any hundred is nice. I have had quite a few starts since getting back and hopefully it will lead to a few more.”

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