WORCESTERSHIRE Rapids captain Moeen Ali described his side's display in Thursday evening's 73-run defeat at Northamptonshire Steelbacks as "embarrassing".

Steelbacks' Chriss Lynn smashed the Worcestershire bowlers around the pitch as he scored 113* as the hosts posted 220 from their 20 overs.

The Rapids looked beaten before they even stepped out to bat and after Jake Libby was caught off the second ball, it was a precession for the hosts, who eventually skittled their opponents for 147.

It was the sixth defeat in their opening seven Vitality Blast fixtures in the 2022 campaign and keeps Worcestershire rooted to the bottom of the North Group table.

"There's a lack of quality there at the minute," said a downbeat Moeen.

"We were quite embarrassing there throughout the whole day. I know Chris Lynn played really well and he can be very difficult to stop sometimes but apart from DJ (Dwayne Bravo) we were poor with the ball and in the field., which is very unlike us.

"Confidence is really low at the minute, but we need to try and turn that around quickly.

"Sometimes, as individuals, including myself, you have to look at what you’re bringing to the team. When I say that, I need to score my runs and bowl well and the team, as individuals, need to do that as well.

"This is probably the first year I can think of with me as captain that we haven’t played well consistently but we’ve still a got a lot of fight and we need to start showing that."