WORCESTERSHIRE Rapids' home Vitality Blast encounter with Northamptonshire Steelbacks today was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Play had been scheduled to finally get under way at 5pm in an eight overs-a-side game.

It followed several inspections by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers after morning and early afternoon downpours.

But a torrential downpour at 4.20pm ended hope of any play.

Both sides collected one point apiece with Worcestershire remaining in third spot.

Rapids are level on points with second-placed Notts Outlaws but have a game in hand.

It is Worcestershire’s second home Blast wash-out of the campaign after the derby match with Birmingham Bears suffered the same fate.