One-Day Cup: Holders Nottinghamshire beat group leaders Worcestershire
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Trent Bridge|
|Nottinghamshire 202 (45.1 overs): Wessels 50, Taylor 47; Moeen 4-33|
|Worcestershire 164: Mitchell 62, Fletcher 4-20|
|Nottinghamshire won by 38 runs|
Luke Fletcher claimed his limited-overs best figures of 4-20 as One-Day Cup holders Nottinghamshire defended a comparatively low total to beat northern group leaders Worcestershire.
Notts looked under par when they only posted 202, of which Riki Wessels made 50 and Ross Taylor 47.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali took career-best one-day figures of 4-33.
But Worcestershire struggled on a slow Trent Bridge pitch, slumping to 28-4, before being bowled out for 164.
Only briefly, in a 63-run seventh-wicket stand between Daryl Mitchell (62) and Ed Barnard (36), did the visitors look like reaching their target.
But Fletcher returned to add two further wickets to his earlier prize scalps of Joe Clarke and record-breaking Australian Callum Ferguson, who had hit 192 on his debut on Tuesday.
With four wins from six games, Worcestershire remain top of the group with two matches left, Sunday's home date with Northants and then the day-night group finale against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Notts, a point behind, play Durham at Chester-le-Street on Sunday before rounding off under the lights against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
Nottinghamshire fast bowler Luke Fletcher:
"We said that we needed to go hard with the ball in their first powerplay and take some wickets and we delivered, by getting three.
"We seem to keep putting ourselves in tricky situations. We did that last year as well and kept coming through. But we seem to thrive on the atmosphere.
"It's about time I fronted up and did something for the team because I've had a few tough games, so to come out and set the tone was pleasing but everyone else backed it up really well."
Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp:
"The pitch was a bit different to what you normally see here at Trent Bridge. It was a lot slower and it gripped a bit and spun, so there's not been the sort of runs that you normally get here.
"We're disappointed - but the one thing I'm pleased about is that all season, when we've looked as though we might be down and out in a game we've always got back into a position where we just might and that happened again.
"I know we were 30-odd short at the end but I thought we could still win, so that's a good sign."