Worcestershire Rapids home Vitality Blast encounter with Northamptonshire Steelbacks was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Play had been scheduled to finally get underway at 5pm in an eight overs a side game.

It followed several inspections by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers after morning and early afternoon downpours.

But a torrential downpour at 4.20pm ended hopes of any play.

Both sides collected one point apiece with Worcestershire remaining in third spot.

The Rapids are level on points with second placed Notts Outlaws and they have a game in hand.

It is Worcestershire’s second home Blast wash-out of the campaign after the derby match with Birmingham Bears suffered the same fate.