THIS evening's much-anticipated Vitality Blast derby at Blackfinch New Road between Worcestershire Rapids and Birmingham Bears has been abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.

Rapids started the T20 season in style with a 28-run win over Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge on Thursday night.

Worcestershire now return to County Championship Division Two action against Gloucestershire at College Ground, Cheltenham, from Sunday (11am).