Opening pair Vikram Solanki and Steven Davies guided Worcestershire Royals to a resounding 10 wicket victory over Notts Outlaws at New Road.
Davies hit 11 fours on his way to a match-winning 82 from 59 balls to inflict Nottinghamshire’s first defeat of 2009.
Mark Wagh had propped up the Outlaws batting effort almost single-handedly as the top order crumbled around him. Ali Brown, Alex Hales and Samit Patel all went without scoring as Notts slipped to 13-3 but Wagh put on 50 with Adam Voges and 49 with Paul Franks before Mark Ealham’s late cameo of 42 not out from 20 balls ensured a respectable total.
Wagh was caught on the boundary by Ben Smith having scored 85 off 110 balls as Notts reached 188-8 from their rain-reduced 40 over allocation.
Further drizzle meant Worcestershire would chase down 138 runs from 26 overs, a target they reached with 17 balls to spare.
“We tried a lot of things and none of them went correctly but we’ll move on from this defeat,” said captain Chris Read, back in action following the birth of his first child on Sunday.
“Mark Wagh produced a superb knock which held us in the game and when we finished on 180 for 8 we thought we’d done well.
“Duckworth-Lewis can work both ways but it didn’t do us any favours today. There’s a long way to go in this group and we’ll draw a line under this defeat and re-group.”
Notts will try to avenge the defeat when Worcestershire visit Trent Bridge on Sunday.
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