Worcestershire were beaten by seven wickets against the Warwickshire Bears in their Friends Life t20 match at New Road.
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious evening but lost Tilan Samaraweera for 7 in the 2nd over when the Bears wicketkeeper Peter McKay dived to his right to take an excellent one-handed catch off Rikki Clarke.
Moeen Ali and Alexei Kervezee then put on 66 for the second wicket before Kervezee was caught behind by McKay off Clarke for 21 in the 10th over and at the halfway stage the home side had reached 83-2.
Ali struck four sixes and nine fours as he raced to 85 before he was caught by Laurie Evans on the boundary off Ateeq Javid off 42 balls, with the score on 128-3 after 14 overs. 1 run later Daryl Mitchell was bowled by Chris Woakes for 14 and then Andre Russell, 47 not out off 21 balls, struck 5 fours and 3 sixes at the end of the innings as Worcestershire ended on 188-5 off their 20 overs.
In reply Worcestershire took the first wicket in the opening over when Will Porterfield (0) was brilliantly caught by Russell off Jack Shantry and it then became 41-2 in the 6th over when Keith Barker (3) was caught by Shantry off Gareth Andrew.
The Bears kept the score ticking along thanks to Varun Chopra and Darren Maddy as they both reached their half-centuries by the 15th over with Warwickshire still needing a further 64 runs to win.
Then the Bears attacked as Maddy struck four successive fours off Russell and, in the next over, hit a six and a four off Andrew. Chopra (65) was caught by Shaaiq Choudhry off Joe Leach with the score on 160-3 in the 18th over but Woakes struck six fours off Leach and Shantry in a quickfire 28 off 9 balls as Warwickshire won with an over to spare, with Maddy unbeaten on 84 off 42 balls, with 9 fours and 3 sixes.
WORCESTERSHIRE (188-5) LOST TO WARWICKSHIRE (189-3) BY 7 WICKETS
Worcestershire Team: Tilan Samaraweera, Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Daryl Mitchell*, Andre Russell, Gareth Andrew, Ben Cox+, Joe Leach, Shaaiq Choudhry, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry