Worcestershire Rapids were on the receiving end of a hat-trick before overcoming Shropshire by 24 runs in a NatWest T20 Blast warm-up match at Shifnal.

Shropshire opening bowler Sam Griffiths sent back Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell, Joe Clarke and Ross Whiteley with successive deliveries.

Worcestershire were restricted to 146-9 after batting first but Shropshire closed on 122-8.

Clarke hit four boundaries in an over from Griffiths in making 29 before he became one of his hat-trick victims.

Wickets fell at regular intervals but there were useful contributions from Mitchell Santner (26) and Matt Henry (22).

Former Worcestershire opener Richard Oliver and Steve Leach, brother of New Road vice-captain Joe, put on 42 for the first wicket.

But Oliver (21) was run out, Leach departed for the same score and four wickets fell for nine runs.

Jack McIver made 23 but two wickets apiece for Santner and Brett D'Oliveira helped ensure Worcestershire finished on top.

Mitchell said: “It was important to get a run out in a T20 game before we start properly next week.

“It was a good test and I thought it was a pretty good game of cricket really. We got a lot out of it.”

The Rapids open their T20 Blast campaign next Friday with a home encounter against Durham Jets (5.30 start).

Worcestershire CCC

T Kohler-Cadmore b S Griffiths 11

D Mitchell* c H Blofield b S Griffiths 12

J Clarke b S Griffiths 29

M Santner c RK Oliver b D Wainwright 26

R Whiteley lbw b S Griffiths 0

B D'Oliveira run out 8

B Cox+ c O Ali b D Wainwright 11

J Leach run out 19

M Henry c RK Oliver b A Wyatt 22

E Barnard not out 4

J Shantry not out 0

Extras 4

Total 146 for 9

Bowling

A Wyatt 4.0 0 33 1

S Griffiths 4.0 0 37 4

O Ali 1.0 0 13 0

J McIver 4.0 0 15 0

H Blofield 3.0 0 28 0

D Wainwright 4.0 0 18 2

Fall of Wickets: 1-13, 2-54, 3-54, 4-54, 5-72, 6-99, 7-104, 8-139, 9-144.

Shropshire CCC

RK Oliver run out 21

S Leach* c E Barnard b M Santner 21

O Ali c M Santner b B D'Oliveira 6

R Aucott c E Barnard b D Mitchell 7

W Cook lbw b B D'Oliveira 0

D Wainwright st B Cox b M Santner 10

J McIver c B D'Oliveira b J Leach 23

A Parker+ not out 17

A Wyatt c B Cox b E Barnard 11

H Blofield not out 2

S Griffiths

Extras 4

Total 122 for 8

Bowling

J Shantry 4.0 0 34 0

M Henry 2.0 0 11 0

J Leach 3.0 0 14 1

E Barnard 2.0 0 21 1

M Santner 4.0 0 16 2

B D'Oliveira 3.0 0 20 2

D Mitchell 2.0 0 5 1

Fall of Wickets:  1-42, 2-50, 3-50, 4-51, 5-64, 6-82, 7-100, 8-116