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Happy New Road return for Moore

Sajid Mahmood

Four wickets for Sajid Mahmood were instrumental in limiting Worcestershire to 208, which Lancashire chased down

Stephen Moore returned to haunt his former county by hitting an unbeaten century in Lancashire’s crushing nine-wicket win over Worcestershire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at New Road.

The 29-year-old made 105 not out and put on an unbroken 191 in 31 overs with Paul Horton, who made 78 not out.

Their combined efforts enabled Lancashire to easily reach their 209-run victory target with 5.3 overs to spare.

It was their second Group A win of the season and left Worcestershire firmly anchored at the foot of the table following four successive defeats.

Moore, making his first appearance at Worcester following his close-season switch to Old Trafford, cracked 12 fours and two sixes off 97 balls, while Horton struck seven fours and one six off 92 deliveries.

Struggling Worcestershire, after winning the toss, had made 208 for eight with paceman Sajid Mahmood taking 4-40.

The Royals’ top-scorer, with 45, was Vikram Solanki, who eventually became the first one-day scalp in five years for Mark Chilton after collecting three fours and a six off 65 balls.

After fellow opener Phil Jaques had top-edged Mahmood to wicketkeeper Luke Sutton, the Worcestershire skipper added 62 in 12 overs with Moeen Ali.

The partnership ended when Moeen, preparing for his England Lions appearance against Bangladesh at Derby this week, got in a tangle trying to reverse-sweep Stephen Parry and was bowled for 31.

Solanki then missed a straight delivery from Chilton before Alexei Kervezee became a second Parry victim for 28.

Ben Smith chopped on off Tom Smith before Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron added a useful 38 in seven overs prior to Mitchell having his leg stump knocked back by Mahmood.

The lively Mahmood also accounted for Gareth Andrew in the same over, before removing Cameron for 41 to register his best competitive one-day figures since June 2004.

Moore soon had the chance to frustrate his former team-mates when Smith was run out by a fine direct throw from deep square-leg by Moeen.

The opener’s departure paved the way for Horton and Moore to stamp their authority on a one-sided match.

Horton reached his fifty with one six and five fours off 54 balls, while Moore soon reached the landmark with one six and two fours off 66 deliveries.