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Mitchell makes it a Rapids hat-trick

Worcestershire Rapids skipper Daryl Mitchell guided his side to their third successive NatWest T20 Blast win, by five wickets over Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road.

In-form Mitchell smacked an unbeaten 67 from 50 balls and finished matters in emphatic style at the start of the final over, blasting Rob Taylor for a six and then a four.

Leicestershire therefore still only have one victory in this season's North Group after failing to defend their total of 164 for six.

Foxes skipper Josh Cobb set off in quick fashion, but was caught off Chris Russell in the fifth over, having scored 27 from 18 balls.

Fellow opener Niall O'Brien fell in the same over having just smashed a six, leaving the hosts 44 for two from their opening five overs.

Greg Smith and Ned Eckersley, who both hit 24, helped move the score along before being dismissed by Mitchell and Colin Munro in close succession.

It was left to Tom Wells to take the Foxes to a defendable total; he hit an unbeaten 45 from 28 balls, including taking 18 from the final over from Chris Russell.

Saeed Ajmal had been on a hat-trick in the previous over when he removed Scott Styris and Rob Taylor en-route to figures of 2-23.

Set 165 to win, Richard Oliver and Mitchell put on 26 before the former was bowled by Ben Raine.

Mitchell continued to score consistently and was ably supported by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who replaced Moeen Ali in the Rapids line-up following his call-up to England’s squad for the first Investec Test against Sri Lanka.

Kohler-Cadmore hit 23 while New Zealand international Munro managed 30 before Jigar Naik and Nathan Buck took a wicket apiece to bring Leicestershire back into the match.

But victory was assured as Mitchell remained unmoved at the crease and, while Alexei Kervezee and Ross Whiteley were unable to stay with their captain until the end, the 30-year-old steered the Rapids to another win ahead of a home match with Durham Jets tomorrow.

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