Warwickshire beat Worcestershire in FLt20 derby at New Road

Friends Life t20, New Road

Warwickshire 122-2 beat Worcestershire 120-7 by eight wickets

Match scorecard

Worcestershire suffered their first defeat of this year's FLt20 campaign as they were outplayed on home soil at New Road by neighbours Warwickshire.

An unbroken 83-run third-wicket stand between Varun Chopra (49) and Darren Maddy (39) saw their side reach 122-2.

Worcestershire's total of 120-7, engineered largely by ex-skipper Vikram Solanki (32) and current captain Daryl Mitchell (25), never looked enough.

And the Bears won comfortably by eight wickets with fully 21 balls to spare.

The Pears had regularly lost wickets in going for the big shots on a slow pitch which strangled the stroke players.

But Warwickshire were able to establish momentum despite losing Rikki Clarke and Jim Troughton in reaching 50 by the eighth over.

Clarke hit a towering six off Jack Shantry before planting another skier into Gareth Andrew's hands at mid-on.

But Maddy cleared the rope twice in one Moeen Ali over and Chopra progressed at an even pace until his fifth four won the match, taking him to an unbeaten 49 from 48 balls.

Even allowing for the recent off-putting wet weather, a crowd of just under 3,000 was well short of what was expected in the early years of the competition.

Worcestershire are back in action at Northampton on Saturday (1500 BST) as they bid to get straight back on the rails.

Warwickshire's next game is at Bristol on Wednesday night against Gloucestershire.