T20 Blast: Worcesteshire beat local rivals Birmingham to stay top of the table
Last Updated: 20/06/14 10:00pm
Worcestershire continued their winning streak at the top of the NatWest T20 Blast North Group by beating Birmingham as Jonathan Trott continued his comeback with a low-key innings.
The England batsman made 39 from 38 deliveries but managed only one boundary - a pick-up for six off Colin Munro from the 31st ball he faced - as the visitors struggled to put together a total of 133-8.
That was nowhere good enough to test the high-flying Rapids and they romped home by eight wickets, chalking up their sixth straight win while halting the Bears' run of four consecutive victories.
Although Richard Oliver fell in the first over, Daryl Mitchell posted his third half-century in four innings in the competition since moving up to open because of Moeen Ali's selection for England.
The Rapids captain needed treatment for a shoulder problem when he had made 31 but carried on to an unbeaten 62 with seven fours from 45 balls.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (25) shared in a rapid partnership of 70 before the record-breaking former Malvern College batsman holed out at mid-wicket.
Jos Buttler starred with 58 not out off 26 balls as Lancashire mauled champions Northamptonshire by 53 runs at Emirates Old Trafford to continue their excellent start to this summer's tournament.
The explosive England limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman led his side to an imposing 187-3 with a record equalling 22-ball fifty for the Lightning in this format before the Steelbacks floundered in reply.
Two wickets, including the run out of Richard Levi, went down to successive deliveries from Junaid Khan in the second over of the chase as they slipped to three for two before being bowled out for 134 with seven balls to spare.
An explosive 95 not out by Riki Wessels helped Nottinghamshire to a 27-run victory against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
After being invited to bat first, Nottinghamshire scored 206-5, with Wessels scoring his runs from 51 deliveries, hitting 10 fours and four sixes.
The visitors could only reach 179-7 in reply, with Wayne Madsen making 65 and Gareth Cross 54.
Leicestershire pulled off only their second NatWest T20 Blast North Group success after Tom Wells hit Paul Collingwood for three sixes in the 19th over to set up a four wicket victory over Durham at Chester-le-Street.
After being put in on a glorious evening, Durham made their highest score in the competition this season of 177-7 with Gordon Muchall leading the way with 43 off 22 balls
Ben Raine scored the winning runs against his native county as the Foxes got home with five balls to spare.