ROB Jones showed what he will bring to Worcestershire on a permanent basis next season as the on-loan batsman from Lancashire scored a majestic 122-run knock to guide the Rapids to a seven-wicket win in Northampton on Wednesday. 

Jones shared in a record-breaking 194-run partnership with Jake Libby - who finished on 81 not-out - as the Rapids completed the victory with 6.5 overs to spare and seven wickets still in hand at Wantage Road. 

The Jones-Libby partnership surpassed the previous List A third wicket best for Worcestershire versus Gloucestershire of 179 by David Smith and Graeme Hick at New Road in 1986.

Jones' hundred was completed from 112 balls with two sixes and nine fours and he went onto make 122 before finally being dismissed shortly before victory was completed.

"Pretty pleased with that one," he said after the match. "I enjoyed it as well, but more importantly we won the game. It is nice to contribute to a win and that’s more important than any individual performance at this stage of the competition.

"We’ve got two games left and hopefully we can keep winning and get through to that quarter-final.

"People that know me as well will say I’m passionate as well and want to do really well for any club I play for.

"It was nice to get a decent score and show the boys I’m an alright batter instead of getting a few decent starts. I’m absolutely chuffed with that.

"It’s just a number but you want to get to that three figures, and you try to put it to the back of your mind, and just play what’s in front of you and it was nice to get over the line."

But it was also an all-round performance from the Rapids to secure a fourth win in six in the competition. 

Dillon Pennington and Matthew Waite set the tone with new ball with early wickets to immediately put the Steelbacks on the back foot after they had been put into bat.

Logan van Beek, Pat Brown and Josh Baker ensured the pressure was maintained although an excellent century from Tom Taylor lifted the final Northamptonshire total to 252 all out.

Then, after some quickfire early hitting from Ed Pollock, it was Jones and Libby who dominated the remainder of the match.