Friends Provident Trophy - Group A
Worcestershire 246-8 Innings Complete v Hampshire 138 (C D Whelan 4-27)
Worcestershire beat Hampshire by 108 runs
Worcestershire Royals moved to the top of Friends Provident Trophy Group A on Thursday thanks to a crushing 108-run win over Hampshire .
Needing 247 to win, the visitors were skittled out for just 138 in 38.5 overs, with medium pacer Chris Whelan claiming one-day best figures of four for 27.
The result sees the Royals stay firmly on course for a quarter-final spot, with a one-point lead at the head of the standings.
After winning the toss and electing to bat in gloomy conditions, the Royals made 246 for eight with Ian Fisher making a valuable unbeaten 31 - his second highest score in one-day cricket.
Steve Davies top scored with 34 and Moeen Ali (31), Gareth Batty (31) and Ashley Noffke (29) made sound contributions.
Davies and Vikram Solanki got the the hosts' innings off to a flying start by putting on 44 in six overs, with Dominic Cork's opening three-over spell yielding 30 runs.
Dimitri Mascarenhas made the first breakthrough when skipper Solanki, looking to flick the ball down the leg side, played on for 23.
Mascarenhas then removed Stephen Moore before having a hand in Davies' dismissal by comfortably catching the New Road wicketkeeper at mid-off off paceman Billy Taylor.
A smartly-taken catch low down off his own bowling by Liam Dawson accounted for Ben Smith and at the halfway stage in their innings the Royals were 124 for four.
Moeen fell to Dawson before Daryl Mitchell, on the back foot, offered a well-taken slip catch to Chris Benham off Taylor.
And Taylor rounded off figures of 3-37 by seeing off Gareth Batty and Noffke's efforts ended when he departed to Cork.
The Hawks' run chase got off to a dismal start when they fell to 28 for four inside the opening 10 overs, with paceman Noffke and Matt Mason picking up a couple of wickets each.
After Noffke had comprehensively bowled Michael Lumb, Mason nipped in by ripping out Sean Ervine and Michael Carberry.
Carberry fell victim to a splendid catch at backward point by Smith, who was equally as alert to snap up John Crawley at short mid-wicket off Noffke.
Whelan removed Dawson and was then instrumental in dismissing Mascarenhas by easily catching him on the boundary off spinner Fisher.
Benham ended up as Hants' top scorer with a battling 42, which was far too little to stop Worcestershire from recording a fourth win in six games.