Worcestershire won a tight Yorkshire Bank 40 contest against the Warwickshire Bears by 9 runs at New Road.
Worcestershire, who won the toss and chose to bat, made one change from their previous YB40 match as Alan Richardson replaced Chris Russell.
Worcestershire should have lost an early wicket when Moeen Ali, on 5, mistimed a drive and was dropped in the covers by Jeetan Patel and Ali made the most of it as, along with Daryl Mitchell, they struck seven fours and a six in the opening 8 overs, with the home side on 57-0.
Ali went to his 50 in the 13th over off 44 balls but, with the score on 95, he was adjudged lbw off Steffan Piolet for 56 off 50 balls, with seven fours and one six, and then 15 runs later Worcestershire lost their second wicket when Alexei Kervezee (8) was bowled by Ateeq Javid.
With the slower bowlers taking the pace off the ball the run rate started to drop and Worcestershire suffered a major blow when Tilan Samaraweera (7) was run out by Jim Troughton at cover, with the score on 122-3 in the 23rd over.
Mitchell reached his 50 off 61 balls as, along with Aneesh Kapil, the Worcestershire innings ticked along to 156-3 after 31 overs. Then the batting powerplay was taken and Kapil struck two fours and a six over extra cover before, with the score on 182, Chris Wright bowled a yorker to dismiss Mitchell for an excellent 71 off 81 balls, with 5 fours.
Worcestershire scored 37 runs off their 4-over batting powerplay but then the Bears struck back as Patel bowled Gareth Andrew for 5, Maddy trapped Kapil lbw for a well-made 42 off 51 balls and when Maddy bowled Ben Cox for 7 the home side were 205-7 in the 39th over.
Two more wickets went in the last over off Patel as Brett D’Oliveira was lbw for 2 and Jack Shantry, first ball, was bowled for 0, with Richardson scoring two runs off the last ball to take Worcestershire to 210-9 off their 40 overs.
Warwickshire, after a straight six by Will Porterfield, lost their first wicket in the 4th over when Richardson trapped Porterfield lbw for 16, with the score on 19, and after Troughton, first ball, survived a big appeal for lbw the captain and Varun Chopra took the Bears past 50 in the 9th over.
The total had moved on to 62 in the 12th over when Chopra (22) was out to a spectacular one-handed catch by Ali at deep mid-on off Mitchell and it seemed to inspire Worcestershire as Kapil brilliantly ran out Troughton for 31, attempting a second run, from a direct hit at midwicket to leave the visitors on 75-3 after 15 overs.
Rikki Clarke and Tim Ambrose were at the crease when the Bears got to 100 in the 21st over but then the fourth wicket fell on 101 when Ambrose (9) was caught at square leg by Cox off Mitchell.
Patel scored 11 before he was bowled by D’Oliveira and when Clarke was lbw to Mitchell for 23, the visitors were in trouble at 123-6 in the 26th over. D’Oliveira struck in the next over by pinning debutant Sam Hain lbw for 1 and then he took his third wicket when Darren Maddy, attempting a pull, was plumb lbw for 10 to leave the Bears on 141-8 in the 31st over.
But Warwickshire were not finished yet as Piolet struck two sixes off Ali and two fours off Richardson before the veteran bowled him for 30 off 24 balls, with the score on 188-9 after 38 overs.
Then when Javid struck two consecutive sixes off Ali the visitors required 11 runs from 10 balls but, with the next ball, there was confusion between Javid, 40 not out off 40 balls, and Wright for a second run and Kervezee’s throw from deep mid-wicket to Johnson ran out Wright for 0 and Worcestershire sealed a fantastic win, as Warwickshire fell 9 runs short by finishing on 201.
Mitchell’s 3-27 off 8 overs, together with his 71, made him a deserving man-of-the match, with credit also to D’Oliveira (3-35 off 8 overs) and Richardson (2-31 off 6 overs).
Worcestershire (210/9) beat Warwickshire Bears (201) by 9 runs.