NatWest Pro40 - Division One at Old Trafford: Worcestershire Royals 189-5 (S M Davies 103 no) v Lancashire Lightning 84. Worcestershire beat Lancashire by 105 runs.
Worcestershire wicketkeeper Steven Davies cracked a brilliant unbeaten century in his side's 105-run NatWest Pro40 Division One win over Lancashire at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old left-hander recorded the maiden one-day hundred of his fledgling career to set the Royals on their way to a first victory of the campaign after a defeat to Nottinghamshire and a washout against Sussex.
The clash was reduced to a 25-over contest because of early afternoon rain in Manchester. Lightning captain Glen Chapple, standing in for the rested Stuart Law, won the toss and decided to field first.
But Davies set off in blistering fashion on his way to an 83-ball innings of 103 that included 12 fours and three sixes, as Worcestershire totalled 189 for five.
Off-spinner Gareth Batty claimed three wickets for just two runs from three overs as Lancashire were bowled out for 84 inside 18 overs.
Davies cracked Chapple for six over point in the second over, doing so again in the 16th over, to set the tone. Royals captain Vikram Solanki hit a brisk 28 in an opening stand of 70 in less than nine overs but was caught by Gary Keedy at mid-on off the bowling of Tom Smith.
Davies then drove well on the up and hit Steven Croft for a crisp maximum over extra cover. Smith, playing his first game for the Lightning since returning from a successful loan spell at Leicestershire earlier in the week, was the home side's best bowler.
The 22-year-old finished with figures of two for 27 from his allotted five overs as he also picked up the wicket of Graeme Hick who was brilliantly caught by a diving Francois Du Plessis running in from long-off.
Ben Smith chipped in with a run-a-ball 15 while in-form Stephen Moore recorded 12 from 15 balls.
Sajid Mahmood and Chapple both claimed a wicket each but were expensive. Left-arm spinner Keedy finished with one for 16 from five overs.
Lancashire made the worst possible start to their reply when Lou Vincent holed out to Matt Mason in the first over for just one.
Paul Horton (12) immediately cracked two boundaries but was bowled by Gareth Andrew to leave the score at 22 for two in the fifth over.
Mal Loye went the very next over for the same score when he was caught at mid-off by Moeen Ali off the bowling of Imran Arif.
When Gareth Cross went for a duck off the bowling of Daryl Mitchell in the next, Lancashire were in tatters at 27 for four.
Du Plessis continued the slump to depart in the next over when he skied Andrew to Davies. Lancashire had lost four wickets for 10 runs in four overs to go from 22 for one to 32 for five.
Batty later got Kyle Hogg, Croft and Chapple (23 off 14 balls) as Moeen Ali got Mahmood and Andrew picked up his third wicket - that of Keedy - to finish with three for 12.