Run chase sees Worcestershire down Nottinghamshire
|LV County Championship Division One, New Road|
|Worcestershire 243 & 255-4 beat Nottinghamshire 223 & 273-8 by six wickets|
|Worcestershire 20pts, Nottinghamshire 4pts|
A late run chase gave Worcestershire victory over Nottinghamshire and their first win in County Championship Division One since 2007.
Resuming on 104-5, Notts were taken to 273-8 by Chris Read (120 no), then declared to set the hosts 253 to win.
They lost James Cameron for a duck, before Vikram Solanki (85) and Matt Pardoe (54) added 117.
Gareth Andrew blasted 31, with Alexei Kervezee (40 no) and Moeen Ali (35 no) taking Worcestershire over the line.
Read took his sixth-wicket partnership with Samit Patel (84) to 93 before also adding 52 with Paul Franks.
Skipper Read declared as the defending champions looked to halt a run of three matches without a win, leaving the hosts what turned out to be 50 overs to reach their target.
Cameron was trapped lbw by Charlie Shreck, only for Solanki and Pardoe to set Worcestershire, relegated on each of their previous Division One campaigns, on the way to their first top-flight win at New Road since 2004.
Both men fell in the space of four balls to Samit Patel, while Andrew was given out leg before trying to reverse sweep the same bowler.
But Worcestershire were not to be denied and Moeen and Kervezee cleared off the the last 69 required in only 47 balls.
The hosts had 25 deliveries to spare when they sealed victory and brought the curtain down on Mark Wagh's career - the Nottinghamshire batsman having announced his retirement earlier in the day.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:
"It tastes good, we have played some good cricket (this season), but not kept up our focus for four days.
"We did some good stuff with the ball in this game, so in many ways we deserved it.
"Matt Pardoe was very good, as a young player, in a chase situation.
"He set us up and at tea time we could make a plan and chase down the runs."