Moeen and Mitchell down Somerset
Worcestershire 173 for 7 (Ali 47) beat Somerset 119 (Mitchell 3-13) by 54 runs
Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell were the stars of Worcestershire's 54-run over Somerset in the Friends Life t20 clash at Taunton.
Moeen set the tone for his side's 173 for 7, which included six penalty runs for a slow Somerset over-rate, with a rapid 47 after the hosts had won the toss. Phil Hughes contributed 41, while Alfonso Thomas was the pick of the visitors bowling attack with 1 for 24 from his four overs.
Then Mitchell claimed 3 for 13 with his medium pace as Somerset's batting fell apart from a promising 51 for 1 after six overs. They were eventually bowled out for 119 to suffer a second heavy defeat in as many games before another packed crowd.
From looking to have a grip on the Midlands/Wales/West Division, Somerset are suddenly under pressure following a slump in form that began with Friday's nine-wicket home defeat by arch-rivals Gloucestershire. Worcestershire have two games in hand and are now only a point behind their opponents. Their bowlers were far more effective on a slow pitch, with David Lucas and Brett D'Oliveira (3 for 20) backing Mitchell with economical spells.
Richard Levi was the only home batsman to time the ball, hitting three fours and two sixes in his 27 before holing Mitchell out to Moeen at long-on. After that it was a sorry procession, with only Lewis Gregory (22) showing any semblance of form.
Somerset's new plan of opening the bowling with left-arm spinner George Dockrell failed to pay dividends as Moeen attacked from the outset and the total after one over was 14. The six Powerplay overs yielded 53 for Worcestershire and by the time the impressive Moeen was stumped advancing to Dockrell, having hit six fours and two sixes in facing 23 balls, the total was 73 for 1 in the eighth over.
Vikram Solanki had made 33 at a run a ball before he was caught by James Hildreth at long-off - Dockrell again the bowler - and it was 127 for 3 when former Somerset player Gareth Andrew was taken by Nick Compton at long-on off Steve Kirby for 19.
Hughes was dropped on 3 and 15 before going on to bolster the second half of the innings, hitting four fours in his 32-ball innings. From 153 for 3 in the 18th over, Worcestershire lost four late wickets, but were boosted by the bonus of the extra runs as the home side paid for bowling their overs too slowly.