Moore punishes former team-mates
Lancashire 211 for 1 beat Worcestershire 208 for 8 by nine wickets
Stephen Moore returned to haunt his former county by hitting an undefeated century in Lancashire Lightning's crushing nine-wicket win over Worcestershire Royals in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match at New Road.
The 29-year-old made 105 not out and put on an unbeaten 191 in 31 overs with Paul Horton, who made an undefeated 78. 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 which leaves Worcestershire firmly anchored at the foot of the table following four successive defeats. Moore, making his first appearance at New Road following his close season switch to Old Trafford, cracked two sixes and 12 fours off 97 balls while Horton struck one six and seven fours off 92 deliveries.
Struggling Worcestershire, after winning the toss, had made 208 for 8 with paceman Sajid Mahmood taking four wickets for 40 runs. Their top scorer with 45 was Vikram Solanki who eventually became the first one-day scalp in five years for Mark Chilton after collecting one six and three fours off 65 balls.
After his fellow opener Phil Jaques had top-edged a Mahmood delivery to wicketkeeper Luke Sutton, the New Road 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 a Tom Smith delivery before Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron added a useful 38 in seven overs before Mitchell had his leg stump knocked back by Mahmood.
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 the one-sided match with a partnership which never seriously troubled the New Road attack.
Horton reached his 50 with one six and five fours off 54 balls while Moore soon reached the landmark with one six and two fours off 66 deliveries.