LV County Championship - Division One
Worcestershire 167 (G Chapple 6-34, S I Mahmood 4-65) & 301 (M M Ali 80, S C Moore 53, S I Mahmood 6-75) v Lancashire 347 (G Chapple 89, K W Hogg 60, M J Chilton 55, C D Whelan 5-95) & 122-4
Lancashire (20pts) beat Worcestershire (3pts) by 6 wkts
Lancashire overhauled a target of 122 to complete a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire with a day to spare at New Road.
All of the visitors' top six contributed to the run chase, number four Francois de Plessis' 34 being the top score, as the Red Rose county went top of the Division One table with their second win in three matches this season.
Worcestershire had resumed at 129-3 in their second innings, still 51 runs behind, on the third morning.
The Pears initially made good progress as Ben Smith and Moeen Ali extended their fourth-wicket stand to 102.
But Smith's dismissal, lbw to namesake Tom (1-43) for 43, sparked a collapse that saw the last seven wickets tumble for 78 runs.
Ali resisted bravely until being seventh out for 80 to paceman Sajid Mahmood, who finished with career-best figures of 6-75.
Mahmood's second-innings haul gave him 10 wickets in the match for the first time in his career and he also moved past 200 first-class victims.
Newly promoted Worcestershire are bottom of the Division One table having lost three of their opening four games.
Skipper Glen Chapple continued to lead from the front at New Road as Lancashire maintained their dominance over struggling Worcestershire.
Having claimed 6-34 on the opening day, Chapple helped the Red Rose county claim a crucial 180-run lead with a splendid knock of 89 which contained one six and 13 fours.
He was given excellent support by Kyle Hogg (60), the pair putting on 123 for the eighth wicket after the visitors had suffered a collapse.
Mark Chilton had made 55 while Steven Croft contributed 43 but Lancashire at one stage slipped to 181-7. They were eventually bowled out for 347, Chris Whelan tfinishing as the pick of the Pears attack with 5-95.
Having done his bit with the bat Hogg then removed openers Daryl Mitchell and Stephen Moore, who made 53, in Worcestershire's second innings.
The hosts also lost captain Vikram Solanki for 35 before the close as they finished the second day on 129-3, still 51 runs behind.
Captain Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood shared 10 wickets as Lancashire took control on the opening day at New Road.
The pair dismissed Wocestershire for 167 before the visitors edged ahead in the final session, closing on 172 for five of 46 overs.
Vikram Solanki opted to bat first on a pitch that aided seam and swing and the decision soon back-fired on him, his team never recovering from the loss of Stephen Moore in the second over of the morning.
Chapple made the early inroads by having Moore caught first ball at short leg before fellow opener Daryl Mitchell was sent back lbw.
Ben Smith fell to a slip catch by Ashwell Prince before Solanki became Mahmood's first victim having struck five boundaries in his 22, offering a leg-side catch to Luke Sutton.
At 36-4 the hosts were reeling but Moeen Ali and Steve Davies steadied the ship after Chapple came off having taken three for 11 in nine overs, the pair going into lunch having moved the score on to 115-4.
However, Chapple came back refreshed after the interval and swiftly removed both batsmen, Davies being trapped in front for 48 to end an 88-run partnership.
Gareth Batty followed for a duck and Moeen was caught by Sutton for a patient 35 to complete a six wicket haul for the veteran seamer.
Mahmood then mopped up the tail to finish with 4-65 with Chapple picking up 6-36, but Lancashire made an uncertain start to their innings as Chris Whelen removed their top three batsmen.
Paul Horton and Tom Smith fell leg before while Prince was caught behind by Davies having hit 18 off just 11 balls.
Imran Arif was the next to join the feast of wickets by dismissing Francois du Plessis but Mark Chilton (51no) and Steven Croft (43) took their side past the Worcestershire total with a stand of 68 in 14 overs before Matt Mason removed the latter before the close.