Worcestershire Rapids captain Moeen Ali is delighted with the impact made by Pat Brown in the Vitality Blast – and said the paceman is his ‘go-to’ bowler when a wicket is needed.

Brown’s three scalps in the win over Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Saturday evening consolidated his position as the competition’s leading wicket-taker.

He now has 20 wickets to his name from nine appearances – four more than New Zealand duo of medium pacer Grant Elliott (Birmingham Bears) and spinner Ish Sodhi (Notts Outlaws) – and in one game less.

Moeen said: “Pat’s confidence is sky high. He loves it and always wants to bowl and I turn to him when I feel we need a wicket.

“He is bowling fantastically well. His slower ball is very good and he has got a lot of wickets with that delivery.

“He just comes on and believes he is going to get a wicket and that it is quite good to have as a captain.”

VITALITY BLAST LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

P. BROWN (RAPIDS) Played 9, Wickets 20, Best 3-21, Average 12.05, Economy 8.31

G. Elliott (Bears) 10, 16, 3-16, 15.81, 8.16

I. Sodhi (Outlaws) 10, 16, 4-17, 17.25, 7.88

I. Tahir (Jets) 8, 15, 4-14, 13.53, 6.34

L. Ferguson (Falcons) 10, 14, 4-26, 17.42, 6.59

A. Hughes (Falcons) 10, 14, 4-42, 18.14, 8.19

H. Gurney (Outlaws) 10, 14, 3-30, 18.28, 7.79

T. van der Gugten (Dragons) 8, 14, 4-31, 20.00, 9.76


CURRENT NORTH GROUP TABLE

RAPIDS Played 10, Won 7, Lost 2, Tied 0, No Result 1, Pts 15, Run Rate 0.848

Jets 9, 6, 3, 0, 0, 12, 1.023

Vikings 10, 6, 4, 0, 0, 12, 0.273

Lightning 9, 5, 3, 0, 1, 11, 0.706

Falcons 10, 5, 5, 0, 0, 10, 0.106

Outlaws 10, 5, 5, 0, 0, 10, -0.213

Bears 10, 4, 5, 1, 0, 9, -0.148

Foxes 10, 4, 6, 0, 0, 8, -0.372

Steelbacks 10, 0, 9, 1, 0, 1, -1.881

*Moeen has been named in the England squad for the second Specsavers Test with India beginning at Lord’s on Thursday.