HEAVY downpours washed out Worcestershire’s chances of making it back-to-back Royal London One-Day Cup victories at New Road today.
The County posted 261 all out from 49 overs and Derbyshire had reached 37-0 off 7.4 overs before the rain arrived and ended the game.
Derbyshire were ahead of the notional Duckworth-Lewis victory target, but were denied as they needed to have batted for a minimum of 10 overs to constitute a result.
Struggling at 73-4, Worcestershire were indebted to middle-order duo Tom Kohler-Cadmore (71) and Ross Whiteley (53), who put on 114 runs for the fifth wicket in good time to dig their side out of a hole and post a competitive total.
Earlier, rookie Derby seamer Tom Taylor, 19, deceived Richard Oliver (2), who prodded a simple catch to Wayne Madsen at point to make it 5-1.
The same bowler then had skipper Daryl Mitchell caught down the leg-side by keeper Gareth Cross off Taylor for 26.
Tom Fell pulled and drove with authority on his way to 23 but he failed to get over one drive and was well caught low down at mid-off by Marcus North off Mark Footitt.
A loose shot also accounted for Alexei Kervezee (15), but Whiteley and Kohler-Cadmore, who reached his maiden List ‘A’ half-century off 65 balls, came together successfully.
They mixed attacking shot-making with the odd stroke of luck and showed their colleagues how things should be done.
Whiteley also reached his milestone but perished soon afterwards for 53 going for one big shot too many and skying the ball to Scott Elstone off Taylor.
Kohler-Cadmore began to accelerate in tandem with Ben Cox before being bowled playing across the line to Alex Hughes.
The wicketkeeper blasted a 24-ball 39 but the following tailenders struggled to put bat to ball as the innings closed on 261-9 in the 49th over.