Despite Gareth Andrew’s attacking half-century Nottinghamshire Outlaws defeated Worcestershire by five wickets, under the Duckworth-Lewis method, in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match at New Road.
The match was delayed by rain but play got underway at 4pm, with the match reduced to 25 overs per side, and the visitors put Worcestershire into bat under murky conditions, with the side unchanged from the win against Sussex.
Moeen Ali gave Worcestershire a blistering start as he hit Andy Carter for 22 runs off five balls, before chipping the ball to Ed Cowan at mid-on for 28 off 14 balls, with 3 fours and 2 sixes, with the score on 39-1 after 4 overs.
Then the home side slumped to 52-5 after 9 overs, off the bowling duo of Samit Patel and Jake Ball, as Alexei Kervezee (1) was caught by Rikki Wessels at deep cover, Daryl Mitchell (15) was caught by Michael Lumb at mid-on, and both Tilan Samaraweera (5) and Neil Pinner (2) were trapped lbw.
The rain returned with Worcestershire on 64-5 after 11 overs but when play resumed at 6pm, with the match reduced to 16 overs per side, Andrew scored four fours off Patel and then 2 fours and 2 sixes off Steven Mullaney as the home side scored 68 runs off the last 5 overs as they ended on 132-5 off their 16 overs, with Andrew, who went past 1,000 List A runs, not out on 62 off 34 balls, with 8 fours and 2 sixes, and Johnson unbeaten on 17.
Nottinghamshire required 127 runs to win, under Duckworth-Lewis, and it got off to a bad start as Lumb, off the second ball of the innings, was superbly caught one-handed at short mid-wicket by Samaraweera for 0 off Jack Shantry.
However, a 79-run partnership in 7.1 overs between Alex Hales and Wessels put the visitors in the driving seat, with Wessels hitting two sixes off Brett D'Oliveira, before the second wicket fell when Wessels was caught at long-on by Ali off Shantry (2-19 off 3 overs) for 28.
Hales then reached his 50 off 26 balls and although the visitors lost two further wickets as Patel (4) was bowled by Mitchell (1-17 off 3 overs) and Cowan (10) was caught behind by Johnson off David Lucas (1-29 off 3 overs), with the score on 108-4 in the 14th over, the Outlaws weren't in any danger and although Hales was caught at point by Shantry off Ali (1-25 off 4 overs) for 72 off 41 balls, with 8 fours and 2 sixes, Nottinghamshire reached their target with 4 balls to spare, as they finished on 129-5 off 15.2 overs, with Mullaney unbeaten on 8 and Chris Read not out on 2.
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley following the defeat against Nottinghamshire;
Please click here to listen to the interview.
WORCESTERSHIRE (132-5) LOST TO NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (129-5) BY 5 WICKETS (D/L)
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Tilan Samaraweera, Neil Pinner, Gareth Andrew, Michael Johnson+, Ben Cox, Brett D'Oliveira, Jack Shantry, David Lucas