Steelbacks go top of the T20 table after Worcestershire wash-out

There was no action at New Road on Saturday afternoonThere was no action at New Road on Saturday afternoon
There was no action at New Road on Saturday afternoon
Northants Steelbacks have moved to the top of the North Group in the Vitality T20 Blast despite suffering weather frustration against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

The Steelbacks had won their previous four games only for that run to be ended by a wash-out against their bottom-placed opponents on Saturday afternoon.

But the single point they accrued was sufficient to move them ahead of previous leaders Lancashire Lightning and remain on course to reach the knockout stages.

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The Steelbacks had inflicted the first setback of the season on the Lightning yesterday evening – a seven-wicket success.

Northants have taken 14 points from their 10 games and had defeated the Rapids by 73 runs when the sides met at the County Ground nine days ago.

Proceedings got as far as Steelbacks skipper Josh Cobb winning the toss and putting the Rapids into bat in a game reduced to 11 overs a side and scheduled to get underway at 4.45pm.

But a further downpour led to the game being abandoned and denying Cobb the chance to score a fourth successive half-century in the tournament.