Middlesex Panthers continued their disappointing start to their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign after suffering an agonising four-run defeat to Warwickshire at Lord’s.
After losing their opening game in the tournament to Glamorgan on Saturday, Eoin Morgan’s side badly needed to bounce back. But they failed to chase down Warwickshire’s 240 for seven after falling short of the 11 runs they needed from the last over bowled by Oliver Hannon-Dalby - reaching 236 for eight.
Jonathan Trott underpinned the visitors' innings with 78 from 108 balls with seven fours.
His old Ashes foe Chris Rogers then bettered that knock with 96, with eight fours in his 127-ball stay, but after the Australian fell with 59 still needed, an injury-hit bowling attack, led by Jeetan Patel, took Warwickshire home.
After surprisingly deciding to bat first on a greenish wicket, the visitors had to work hard for runs against an attack impressively led by Steven Finn.
After William Porterfield chipped Tim Murtagh to midwicket for five, Varun Chopra and Trott settled for steady accumulation in a stand of 89 in 22 overs which ended when the former - claiming 46 runs from 93 balls - skied Toby Roland-Jones to deep midwicket.
His departure triggered a disjointed mid-innings spell in which Tim Ambrose and Trott were caught after failing to clear the infield and Rikki Clarke, on just three, scuffed a return catch back to spinner Dawid Malan.
Late impetus was needed and it arrived from Laurie Evans, who added 45 in partnership with Ateeq Javid, and 29 in a seventh-wicket stand with Jeetan Patel.
Tremendous win for the Bears after looking to be in trouble when Rogers and Morgan were going well. Good bowling as well by all - Well done
— Warwickshire CCC (@CricketingBears) July 27, 2014
With competition debutants Aaron Thomason and Josh Poysden in their attack, Warwickshire badly needed their senior bowlers to deliver and Clarke and Hannon-Dalby began well, each picking up a wicket in their opening spell.
Malan edged the latter behind then Nick Gubbins, like Malan departing for just five, drove hard at Clarke and was well-held by Chopra at slip.
Rogers and Morgan added 94 in 25 overs before the skipper missed a reverse-sweep and fell lbw to 22-year-old former Sussex leg-spinner Poysden.
He should also have had Ryan Higgins out early but Hannon-Dalby dropped the chance at mid-on and Higgins survived to help Morgan add 59 in nine overs, a stand which put Middlesex in control.
But Higgins leading-edged Patel to extra-cover and just as Rogers appeared to be guiding his side home, he chipped Javid to midwicket where Chopra took a superb catch.
That had the home nerves jangling and Poysden added to that anxiety when he produced a beauty from which Neil Dexter was stumped for nine.
That left Middlesex needing 30 from four overs with four wickets in hand but their chase lost conviction with every passing over.
Eleven were needed from the last over but, despite an edged four by Murtagh, Hannon-Dalby kept his cool to see his team to victory.