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Rapids remain at summit despite washout

Worcestershire Rapids suffered their first washout in the NatWest T20 Blast but stayed top of the North Group when their meeting with Nottinghamshire Outlaws fell victim to a thunderstorm at New Road.

They are still level at the summit with Lancashire Lightning, whose game with Yorkshire Vikings was also washed out, but ahead net run-rate.

Surface water from earlier rain greeted Nottinghamshire when they arrived and the umpires Nick Cook and Paul Baldwin were forced to call off any hopes of play shortly after 7pm with the parts of the ground under water after another downpour.

As the team playing catch-up in the group, the call-off was probably a bigger setback for Nottinghamshire, who remain four points behind Worcestershire with a game in hand, which they will play against Yorkshire Vikings at Trent Bride tomorrow.

Notts' director of cricket Mick Newell said it was not the way he would have wanted to see a halt to what he called "the best 10 days of my career in terms of running the team".

He had seen his squad joining Yorkshire at the top of Division One in the LV= County Championship with wins against Middlesex and Somerset while in the Blast they piled up 200-plus totals in beating Leicestershire Foxes and Derbyshire Falcons.

Notts wicketkeeper Chris Read said: "It's bitterly disappointing. We turned up full of confidence and wanted to keep the momentum going."

For Worcestershire the disappointment was in being unable to extend by far and away their best sequence in the competition. They won six games in a row - starting at Trent Bridge five weeks ago with a first success against the Outlaws in Twenty20 cricket.

Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "We were hoping to get back into action after a week's break but to be washed out is frustrating."

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