Worcestershire Rapids are involved in a three-team battle for a home Quarter-final in the Vitality Blast heading into the final week of North Group matches.

The Rapids are now lying in second spot with two games to play after their narrow defeat against Leicestershire Foxes at the Fischer County Ground yesterday evening.

Durham Jets have reclaimed top spot after their victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

They are a single point ahead of the Rapids who in turn are two points in front of third placed Lancashire Lightning who overcame Birmingham Bears at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Rapids wind up their group campaign by entertaining Notts Outlaws tomorrow (2.30pm) and visiting the Bears on Friday.

The Lightning have to face the Bears in the return encounter at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Ross Whiteley, commenting on the meeting with the Foxes, said: “It is disappointing not to chase down that total after a good performance with the ball.

“I thought our bowlers kept them back quite nicely, never allowing them to really get on top.

“But it is tough when you lose three wickets in the powerplay. That puts you under pressure and their bowlers from overs six to 10 bowled nicely and we were always up against it from there.

“Callum (Ferguson) has been great for us, scoring some big runs for us and hopefully that continues.

“It looked like he might get us home tonight but it wasn’t to be.

“I think Durham go ahead of us and we need a couple more wins but we are still backing ourselves to get a home quarter-final.”

NORTH GROUP LEADING POSITIONS

Jets Played 12, Won 9, Lost 3, Tied 0, No Result 0, Points 18, Run Rate 0.886

RAPIDS 12, 8, 3, 0, 1, 17, 0.727

Lightning 12, 7, 4, 0, 1, 15, 0.778

REMAINING MAIN FIXTURES

SUNDAY

Jets v Lightning

RAPIDS v Outlaws

WEDNESDAY

Bears v Lightning

FRIDAY

Jets v Falcons

Bears v RAPIDS