Worcestershire made one change to their side for the Friends Life t20 match against Northamptonshire at Milton Keynes with Aneesh Kapil replacing Shaaiq Choudhry in the line up. Andrew Hall won the toss for the home side who elected to bat first.
Rob White and Niall O'Brien both top scored for the home side with identical innings of 33 from 27 deliveries with five boundaries each. Both were dismissed by Kapil in a remarkable T20 career best bowling spell of 3-9 in his four over allocation. It was a fine display by the England U19 player, playing in only his third T20 match.
Wickets fell regularly as Northamptonshire struggled to score runs on a slow paced pitch. Rob Newton made 22 from 20 deliveries before he became Saeed Ajmal's first victim of a treble wicket maiden in the last over of the innings with the home side reaching 129-9 in their 20 overs. Ajmal finished with T20 career best figures of 4-14.
Worcestershire in reply recovered from an indifferent start with four of the top five batsmen making single figure scores and were thankful for an unbeaten 62* from opener Vikram Solanki. Worcestershire lost two early wickets, both to catches to Lee Daggett off the bowling of David Lucas. Daggett himself then picked up a wicket in his 2nd over bowling Al-Hasan. Lucas then picked up another wicket in the final over of his spell of 3-19 with an excellent catch at short mid wicket by Andrew Hall to dismiss James Cameron to leave the visitors in a spot of trouble on 45-4 at the end of the 8th over.
The Northants spinners were not able to maintain the pressure from the initial overs and Worcestershire slowly got themselves back into the match with some intelligent running between the wickets. Daryl Mitchell scored a T20 career best of 40* in a unbeaten 5th wicket stand of 85 with Solanki which guided Worcestershire home with just 3 balls to spare. Mitchell scored a well paced innings taking no excessive risks at the start and picking up the pace at the end making his 40* in 31 deliveries with three boundaries. Solanki showed all his class and experience in his 62* from 61 deliveries with seven boundaries.
Result: Worcestershire (130-4) beat Northamptonshire (129-9) by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare.