WORCESTERSHIRE seconds were beaten in both T20 matches by their Durham counterparts at Blackfinch New Road.

The County used the double-header to give an outing to several first teamers ahead of Sunday’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final against Nottinghamshire or Kent.

Worcestershire opted to bat first in game one and skipper Ollie Westbury hit an unbeaten 72 off 59 balls with seven fours out of 163-5.

He shared in a third-wicket stand of 69 in eight overs with Ben Cox (34 off 21 balls) and 68 for the fifth wicket with Ed Barnard whose 38 off 17 contained three sixes.

But Durham reached their target in just 16.4 overs despite George Rhodes and Charlie Morris both claiming an early wicket.

Ryan Pringle gave Durham momentum with 42 off 19 and an unbroken 88 between Scott Steel (45 not out) and James Weighell (63no off 31 with five sixes) saw Durham home.

In game two, Pringle was again among the runs after Durham opted to bat with 65 off 40 with four sixes.

He shared a third-wicket stand of 102 in 11 overs with Steel (36) as the visitors reached 181-8.

Ben Twohig (1-27 in four overs) and trialist Ryan Gibson (1-26 in four) were the most successful County bowlers.

The hosts lost early wickets and despite a fifth-wicket stand of 53 between Rhodes and Safwaan Imtiaz closed on 148-9.

All the photos are by Paul Hickey Photography.