One-Day Cup: Worcestershire prove too good for Northants
Royal London One-Day Cup, Campbell Park
Worcestershire 274-9 (50 overs) beat Northants 186 (38.2 overs) by 88 runs
Worcestershire got their One-Day Cup campaign up and running with a convincing 88-run victory over Northants at Milton Keynes.
Tom Fell (72) and Ross Whiteley (52) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 94 after the visitors had stuttered to 84-4.
And although David Willey (3-39) and Steven Crook (3-42) bowled well, Worcestershire posted a total of 274-9.
Northants slumped to 27-4 and despite Ben Duckett's 49, they were all out for 186 as Daryl Mitchell took 4-19.
Northants in Milton Keynes
Northants had only played two previous List A games at Campbell Park, beating Notts in 1997 and losing to Hampshire in 2004
Having lost at home to Essex in their opening game, Worcestershire were looking for an improved performance, but the loss of both openers to Willey inside the first 10 overs was an ominous sign.
Fell and Whiteley retrieved the situation, the latter hitting three sixes in his 60-ball knock before being bowled by Crook, and Shaaiq Choudhry weighed in late on with an unbeaten 30.
Northants, who beat Gloucestershire at Cheltenham in their opening game, lost Richard Levi lbw to Mitchell McClenaghan for a duck from the fifth ball of their reply and none of their top four reached double figures.
Willey (29) and Crook (23) made useful contributions with the bat, but the former was caught at deep mid-wicket off Mitchell's first delivery, and after Choudhry had bowled Duckett, the Worcestershire skipper worked his way through the tail to record his best one-day figures.
Olly Stone was last to go, caught by Alex Kervezee off Mitchell for 21, as Northants failed to extend their innings beyond the 39th over.
Northants head coach David Ripley:
"It was the old game of two halves. At 25 overs they were 84-4 and I was disappointed that they ended up getting 270, we should've kept that to 230.
"We were well ahead of the rate at the halfway stage, but were eight wickets down and it's impossible to win from there.
"There was some good stuff in there, but when we were bad we was awful and it was quite a heavy defeat."
Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell:
"It was nice to get the victory, but I thought we were below par for our standards, which is the sign of a decent side.
"These 10.30am starts, lose the toss and getting stuck in it always does a bit and we lost a few early wickets and I thought we threw a few away in the back end of the middle period which meant we weren't able to utilise the fielding restrictions.
"Getting those early wickets was a key thing. The lads bowled pretty well up front and bowled nice, tight lines and managed to make them play a lot."