Worcestershire defied the odds as they defeated the group leaders, Nottinghamshire Outlaws, by 38 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at Trent Bridge.
The Outlaws won the toss and elected to field, in a match reduced to 37 overs per side due to rain, but the Worcestershire openers, Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali, started well by putting on 58 for the first wicket until Ali (28) was caught in the deep by Alex Hales off Steven Mullaney.
Alexei Kervezee scored a run-a-ball 31, in a second wicket partnership of 49, before he was caught by Rikki Wessels off Ajmal Shahzad, with the score on 107 in the 20th over, and then Mitchell went to his 50 off 64 balls, with 4 fours.
The captain, who passed 2,000 List A career runs in his innings, departed for 56 off 68 balls, with 5 fours, when he mistimed a shot off Shahzad to Mullaney at midwicket and then after hitting the only six of the Worcestershire innings, Tilan Samaraweera (38) was trapped lbw by Jake Ball to leave the visitors on 172-4 after 30 overs.
Worcestershire then lost four further wickets in the last 7 overs as Ross Whiteley (6) was caught by Mullaney off Shahzad, Ben Cox (2) was caught behind by Chris Read off Harry Gurney, who then took a return catch to dismiss Tom Fell (25), and then Jack Shantry (8) was caught by Gurney at third man off Ball as the visitors ended up on 220-8 off their 37 overs, with Brett D’Oliveira not out on 19.
In reply Alex Hales and Michael Lumb had given Graeme Cessford, on his List A debut, a tough start by hitting four boundaries in the 4th over but in the next over Lumb (11) was caught at slip by Samaraweera off Shantry, with the score on 36.
27 runs later Hales (31) was caught behind by Cox off Charlie Morris and then Ali (3-28 off 8 overs) took three crucial wickets as Samit Patel (1) was caught by Whiteley, David Hussey (7) was caught by Kervezee and when Wessels (6) was lbw Nottinghamshire were reduced to 83-5 off 18 overs.
Read scored a quick 25 until he was caught by Shantry off Whiteley, Mullaney was run out by D’Oliveira for 11 and although James Taylor (67*) reached his fifty off 61 balls, the wickets kept falling for the home side as Shahzad (10) was caught by D’Oliveira off Cessford, Ball (1) was bowled by Shantry (2-27 off 6 overs) and when Gurney (0) was bowled by Morris (2-25 off 6 overs) Nottinghamshire were all out for 182 off 33 overs to give Worcestershire their fourth win this season in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
WORCESTERSHIRE (220-8) BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE OUTLAWS (182) BY 38 RUNS
Worcestershire Team: Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell*, Alexei Kervezee, Tilan Samaraweera, Tom Fell, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox+, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry, Graeme Cessford, Charlie Morris