Worcestershire Women’s Rapids suffered a double setback in their latest ECB T20 Division One matches against Middlesex and Lancashire at Kidderminster.

They were beaten by eight wickets by last season’s runners-up, Middlesex, and then were edged out by six runs against 2017 champions Lancashire.

In Game One the Rapids were restricted to 111-7 with Sarah Glenn (28) and Lauren Rowles (18) their main contributors.

Middlesex made easy work of their target and despite Issy Wong (1-14) and Sally Clarke (1-27) picking up a wicket apiece.

They reached 113-2 in 15.2 overs.

The Rapids pushed Lancashire all the way and restricted them to 105-7 in their 20 overs.

Only opener Evelyn Jones – with an unbeaten 64 off 62 balls – defied the Rapids attack in which Izzy Wong (2-17) and Izzy Watson (2-26) were the most successful bowlers.

Clare Boycott (1-16), Glenn (1-14) and Jessica Humby (1-15) were the other wicket-takers.

The Rapids innings followed a similar partner with another opener Chloe Hill contributing 37 but only Rachel Howells (13) of the other players reaching double figures.

They closed on 99-9 from 20 overs.

The Rapids will next be in action this Sunday – again at Chester Road – against Kent Women and Yorkshire Women.