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Outlaws submerged by Rapids

Worcestershire Rapids secured their first NatWest T20 Blast victory of the season after Notts Outlaws saw their lower order crumble in a 24-run defeat at Trent Bridge.

At 105 for three after 14 overs, Notts appeared to be on course to overhaul the Rapids’ total of 163 for six following a strong start to their reply.

Opener Alex Hales blasted 39 and in-form Samit Patel cracked 41, but the hosts subsided badly from five wickets down.

Moeen Ali celebrates the vital wicket of England colleague Alex Hales and Notts Outlaws' lower order were unable to respond at the death

Chris Russell did the damage late on by removing Steven Mullaney and Sam Wood for ducks before accounting for Ajmal Shahzad to finish with 3-32.

Luke Fletcher and Andy Carter were the last men standing but by the time they arrived at the crease, Notts were staring down the barrel of a first defeat this season – failing to back up the impressive opening win over Lancashire Lightning.

Worcestershire posted 163 from their 20 overs despite suffering a steady fall of wickets.

Alexei Kervezee top-scored with 43 off 36 balls despite hitting just two boundaries, manipulating the field well until he fell to Shahzad.

Alexei Kervezee's patient 34 underscored a fine team effort for Worcestershire Rapids, with important contributions made throughout

Former Yorkshire and Lancashire paceman Shahzad also accounted for Ross Whiteley, who was bowled in the same over, bringing his brisk knock of 34 to an end.

Colin Munro clattered three sixes as he compiled 31 before Wood ended his fun.

These contributions underscored an impressive collective effort with bat and ball as the Rapids headed back across the Midlands as deserved victors.

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