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O'Shea shines brightest

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Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell helped Worcestershire recover from 27 for three to reach 277, but it was not enough to stave off a seventh straight defeat

Michael O'Shea hit 90 to help the Unicorns pull off a shock three-wicket victory over stunned Worcestershire in a thrilling Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Kidderminster.

Needing 278 to win, the side made up of players without first-class contracts reached their target with two balls to spare.

Former Glamorgan batsman O'Shea was the hero with his highest one-day score, which included seven fours and five sixes and occupied just 62 balls.

He put on 115 in 13.3 overs for the fourth wicket with Keith Parsons, who made 47 to leave embarrassed Worcestershire still searching for their first Group A win of the season after seven attempts.

For the Unicorns, it was their third success of the season and lifted them into fourth place in the table.

Bottom-placed Worcestershire slipped to 27 for three inside the opening five overs before recovering to make 277 for seven thanks to half-centuries by Shakib Al Hassan, Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron.

Their shaky start began when Vikram Solanki fell to the first delivery, bowled by Jonathan Miles, who is familiar with the Chester Road ground having played for Kidderminster in the Birmingham League in 2006 and 2007.

The left-arm paceman, who finished with 3-49, also trapped Moeen Ali lbw before Alexei Kervzee departed three balls later, bowled off stump by Neil Saker.

After that the Unicorns bowlers found life more difficult with Shakib reaching his fifty off 42 deliveries with seven fours and a six.

He was finally bowled off a inside edge by O'Shea in the seamer's first full over after replacing Ed Young, who was forced to temporarily pull out of the attack after damaging his bowling hand.

Shakib smacked eight fours and two sixes in his 61-ball 72 and put on 113 in 18.3 overs with Mitchell, who made 70 before lifting Saker to O'Shea at extra-cover.

Mitchell struck seven fours off 84 balls and added 76 in 11 overs with Cameron, whose 58 off just 47 deliveries was his highest List A score and contained eight fours and a six.

The Unicorns suffered an early blow in their run-chase when Chris Murtagh fell to Alan Richardson.

Josh Knappett, another ex-Kidderminster player, then added 61 in 11 overs with Jackson Thompson, who reached his half-century off 37 balls after being dropped on three by Shaaiq Choudry.

Knappett, who played a couple of second XI games for Worcestershire last season, was finally removed for 54, which contained six fours and two sixes off 46 deliveries.

His departure opened the gate for O'Shea and Parsons to help destroy the Royals with their three-figure stand, ended only when Richardson bowled Parsons.

Despite further wickets falling the Unicorns kept their nerve, thanks largely to an unbeaten 25 off only 14 balls from Neil Hancock.