IN-FORM Vitality Blast holders Worcestershire Rapids were toppled by 33 runs at home to Leicestershire Foxes.

A much-vaunted Rapids top order got blown away in pursuit of a 153 target as Foxes secured only their second win of the season.

A mixture of poor batting, disciplined bowling and some sharp catching sealed victory for the visitors.

It moved them off the bottom of the table as the County were eventually dismissed for 119 in 19.2 overs.

Will Davis (3-24) picked up three crucial wickets in the top six and he was well supported by Gavin Griffiths (3-23) and Callum Parkinson (2-21).

The defeat ended a run of three successive victories for Rapids which had propelled them into second spot behind Lancashire.

Foxes were put into bat on the wicket that had been used for the previous two Blast matches with Durham and Derbyshire.

A stunning catch by captain Callum Ferguson brought the first breakthrough in Dillon Pennington’s second over.

Mark Cosgrove (9) lofted the paceman to mid-on and Ferguson held onto a one-handed effort in full flight.

Pennington then held onto a smart catch of his own, running back from short fine leg and over his shoulder to dispose of Harry Swindells (1) off Wayne Parnell.

Aaron Lilley looked in good touch and collected four boundaries from his first six deliveries as Foxes reached 55-2 at the end of the powerplay.

Lilley (31) holed out to deep mid-wicket off Ed Barnard and Harry Dearden (14) was caught and bowled in Daryl Mitchell’s first over.

Colin Ackermann and Lewis Hill took their time in rebuilding the Foxes innings via a partnership of 49 in seven overs.

But Barnard returned to the attack to break the stand when Hill (23) was caught at long-on.

The second half of the innings was clinically disposed of by Parnell and Pat Brown with five wickets falling in the space of 16 balls for 15 balls.

Aadil Ali (18) was bowled by Parnell and then Parkinson (1) and Colin Ackermann (37 off 30 balls) were both caught by George Rhodes in Brown’s next over, the second a fine effort over his shoulder running back from cover.

Parnell (4-25) wrapped up the innings in clinical fashion in removing Dieter Klein (4) and Davis (2).

But Worcestershire’s big-hitting top four were blown away in the space of 12 runs.

Martin Guptill (15) hit Griffiths for one straight six but in the same over found the hands of deep mid-wicket.

In the next over Riki Wessels (12) attempted a sweep against Davis and was caught behind.

Parnell (0) miscued high into the air in the same over and presented another comfortable catch to keeper Hill.

It became 39-4 when Ferguson (7) also perished in the mid-wicket region off Parkinson.

Ross Whiteley (4) was pouched at deep backward square to give Davis a third scalp.

Ben Cox and Barnard briefly threatened to haul Rapids back into contention during a steady partnership of 31.

But Cox (30) was bowled attempting a paddle sweep against Ackermann and Barnard (17) fell at deep mid-wicket off Parkinson to all but end the match as a contest.