It was an unhappy return to Campbell Park for Northants Steelbacks on Tuesday as Worcestershire Royals romped to an 88-run win.
It was a efficient performance by the visitors who recovered from an iffy start to give themselves something to bowl at and then did exactly that.
They were assisted by some limp and impatient batting from Northants, who would’ve fancied their chances after a decent performance in the field and it served notice that their limited overs play still has significant flaws.
On a pitch that looked ideal for batting, Royals chucked away their early wickets, and found themselves in trouble at 84-4.
Tom Fell and Ross Whiteley engineered a good fightback,adding 90 for the next wicket.
And, the lower order rallied well by taking the final 10 overs for 86 which pushed the score up to the much more defendable 274-9.
And it would’ve seemed a long way in the distance six overs into the reply as Richard Levi, Adam Rossington and Coetzer were sent marching back to the pavilion in quick succession.
Steelbacks continued to throw away their wickets despite being well up on the run-rate.
But the writing was on the wall when Graeme White, who cut his teeth playing for Milton Keynes as a youngster, lofted Daryl Mitchel to long-on, leaving Steelbacks on 144-8.
Northants crawled to 186 before the killer blow was dealt, as Royals secured victory.