Wicket-keeper Ben Cox hit a half century as Worcestershire went down by nine wickets to Essex in a T20 match in Abu Dhabi today.
Cox rescued Worcestershire after coming in at 33-5 by hitting 51 off 40 balls with seven fours and a six in a match rescheduled from Tuesday when it was washed out.
Openers Tom Kohler-Cadmore (0) and skipper Daryl Mitchell (9), number three Joe Clarke (0), number four Ross Whiteley (12) and number six Brett D'Oliveira (2) were quickly dismissed.
Cox and number five Alexei Kervezee (17) added 48 before the latter was out with the total on 81.
George Rhodes (20 not out off 17 balls) figured in a stand of 35 with Cox who was finally dismissed at 115-7.
Essex new ball bowler Paul Walter finished with 4-0-21-4 and the other bowling figures were Jack Winslade 4-0-24-1, Tom Moore 2-0-7-1, Ashar Zaidi 4-0-28-0, Ravi Bopara 2-0-17-0 and Callum Taylor 4-0-28-2.
Nick Browne – 60 not out off 47 balls with two sixes and seven fours – and Ravi Bopara, whose unbeaten 51 off 47 balls contained eight fours, saw Essex to their target in 17.5 overs.
Ed Barnard claimed Worcestershire's one success in dismissing Liam Gough, son of former England paceman Darren Gough, for nine when caught by Chris Russell.
The Worcestershire bowling figures were: Tongue 4-0-40-0, Barnard 3.5-0-28-1, Russell 4-0-19-0, Kervezee 1-0-6-0, Rhodes 1-0-8-0, D'Oliveira 3-0-18-0, Mitchell 1-0-8-0.