Worcestershire Rapids are occupying second spot in the North Group as the battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup reaches a climax during the next few days.

The Rapids are now just two points behind leaders Notts Outlaws after shattering their unbeaten record at Blackfinch New Road yesterday.

They are level on eight points with Durham and Lancashire Lightning but have a superior net run rate.

It has shown the importance of fighting back even in the two defeats suffered by the Rapids against Leicestershire Foxes and Warwickshire and only losing narrowly and therefore ensuring there was no major damage to the run rate.

The Rapids complete their North Group home programme on Saturday when they entertain Yorkshire Vikings who kept their qualification hopes alive with yesterday evening’s rain affected last over win at Northampton.

Worcestershire finish their schedule on Monday with the encounter against Derbyshire Falcons at the 3aaa County Ground.

The North and the South Group winners both qualify automatically for the semi-finals – a feat achieved by the Rapids for the past two years.

The second placed team in the North Group will host the third placed team in the South Group and also the second placed side in the South Group will entertain the third best team in the North Group to decide the other two semi-finalists.

REMAINING NORTH GROUP FIXTURES

TODAY

Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons

FRIDAY

Notts Outlaws v Durham

SATURDAY

Leicestershire Foxes v Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Warwickshire v Lancashire Lightning

RAPIDS v Yorkshire Vikings

MONDAY

Derbyshire Falcons v RAPIDS

Leicestershire Foxes v Warwickshire

Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Notts Outlaws

Yorkshire Vikings v Durham

NORTH GROUP TABLE

Notts Played 6, Won 5, Lost 1, Tied 0, No result 0, Points 10 Run Rate 0.715

RAPIDS 6, 4, 2, 0, 0, 8, 0.874

Durham 6, 4, 2, 0,0, 8, 0.472

Lancs 6, 4, 2, 0, 0, 8, 0.352

Derbys 6, 3, 2, 1, 0, 7, 0.075

Yorks 6, 2, 2, 2, 0, 6, 0.499

Warks 6, 1, 4, 1, 0, 3, -1.104

Northanta 6, 1, 5, 0, 0, 2, 0.005

Leics 6, 1, 5, 0, 0, 2, -1.848