ACTING captain Brett D’Oliveira admitted Worcestershire Rapids were "outplayed" in the Royal London One-Day Cup 38-run defeat at Leicestershire Foxes.

Ross Whiteley scored his first List A century alongside half-centuries for D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard as Rapids were bowled out for 339 in reply to 377-4 at the Fischer County Ground.

D’Oliveira, the club’s white-ball vice-captain, said ahead of Wednesday's first home game with Durham (11am): “We were probably outplayed in all three disciplines.

"I just don’t think we were quite good enough.

“It’s a bit of a shame after the game (125-run win) at Lancashire but this is how one-day cricket can pan out and it’s onto the next one.

“We hold ourselves to high standards and are a very good fielding group. Unfortunately that didn’t quite happen (at Leicestershire) but it’s not through lack of effort.

"It’s just one of those days.

“You are always looking to take wickets at the top and Charlie (Morris) managed to do that. But unfortunately they managed to get in and played really well to be fair to them.

“Chasing that kind of score, you hope to get off to a good start and it didn’t quite happen.

“I think we’ve got to look at the positives and Ross played an absolutely phenomenal knock and credit to him.

“He is a special player who can do all three disciplines really well.

“It’s always nice to get a few runs (personally) but we didn’t get that win which is crucial but we will look forward to Wednesday.

“Something we hold ourselves to is that never-give-up attitude and I hope we showed that even though we were up against it and came up short.”

Meanwhile, Worcestershire launch their home programme in the Second XI Trophy on Tuesday when they take on Leicestershire at Royal Grammar School Worcester (11am).

The County will look to bounce back from their defeat to local rivals Warwickshire in the opening encounter at Moseley.

Club captain Joe Leach will skipper the side after making his bowling comeback for Shrewsbury in the Birmingham League at the weekend.

Leach sent down four overs as he stepped up his return from a stress fracture of the lower back last summer.

The County have included trialist Johannesburg-born seamer Ari Karvelas, 25, in their line-up.

He has played for Gauteng in South Africa as well as featuring for Kent seconds and MCC Young Cricketers.

Worcestershire: Rhodes, Westbury, Dell, Leach, Milton, Banton, Clist, Ul-Hassan, Finch, Karvelas, Dickenson. 12th man: Davis.