Vitality Blast
Fri 14 June, 19:05

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Vikings, Vitality Blast

Bears returned to winning ways with a comfortable four-wicket victory over Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston.

The Vikings, who had won three of their first four games, were undone by spin, bowled out for 145 in 19.5 overs as the Bears’ three twirlers harvested a combined 10-0-61-7.

Joe Root (39, 27 balls) and Dawid Malan (38, 27 balls) lifted their side to a promising 77 for one but the rest folded against an attack led by Jake Lintott (three for 15) and Danny Briggs (three for 26).

The Bears then reached 151 for six with 11 balls to spare thanks to punchy contributions from Mousley (41, 29 balls) and Jake Bethell (32, 15 balls) and a wise one from Sam Hain who passed 4,000 career T20 runs on his way to an unbeaten 53 (40 balls).

Put in, the Vikings soon lost Adam Lyth, who played on to Richard Gleeson, but Malan and Root supplied a vibrant start with a stand of 62 in 46 balls. Chris Woakes, on his first Bears appearance of the year, was roughly treated, not least by long time England pal Root who lifted him for successive sixes into the Hollies Stand.

The charge was emphatically stopped by the spin attack.

Root sliced a slog at Briggs and sent a simple catch to short third, after which wickets fell regularly. Shan Masood reverse-swept Lintott’s first ball to point and Donovan Ferreira shovelled Mousley to mid on. When Briggs returned to lure two more batters to their doom – Malan caught at extra cover and Jordan Thompson at long off – five wickets had fallen in 35 balls.

Guilty of some reckless shots, the Vikings responded by playing some more.

Lintott took advantage to bowl Matthew Revis through an ill-judged sweep and have Jafer Chohan stumped off a fey swipe. Dom Bess chipped Hassan Ali to cover and Conor McKeer slashed Gleeson to third man to leave the last nine wickets having fallen for 68.

Unsurprisingly, the Vikings started with spin and Dan Moriarty’s fifth ball drew a fatal top edge from Alex Davies before Bess’s seventh beat a Rob Yates slog and bowled him.

Hain settled calmly though while Mousley was belligerent from ball one. He kept the Bears ahead of the clock before perishing in pursuit of his third six of the evening, and 29th of his T20 career, when he heaved Thompson to deep square leg.

While Hain quietly delivered the sort of intelligent, match-shaping innings of which he has played so many, Bethell got off the mark by pulling a Root long hop into the Hollies Stand.

Bethell’s blistering cameo left the Bears needing just 30 from 39 balls. He and Chris Benjamin fell to successive balls from Thompson, who added the scalp of Woakes to end with four for 31, but the Bears eased home to their fifth win in their last six Blast tussles with the Vikings.

Bears captain Alex Davies said: “It was a bit closer than we would have liked at the end but it was a trickier pitch than we expected. Hainy did what he does best and managed the chase really well after Jacob Bethell’s innings really shifted the momentum in our favour.
“We haven’t played our best cricket yet but we have got three wins on the board so we have got to try to find that perfect game and then run with that momentum.
“We had a good bowling power play with the seamers, we’ve got three international quicks there, and then the spinners just carried on doing what they have been doing all year. Mouse varies his pace really well, Lintott spins it both ways and Briggsy is leading wicket-taker in the Blast for a reason so I feel like we have got a lot of options at the minute and we’ll just keep searching for that perfect game.”

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Preview: Bears v Vikings, Vitality Blast

Bears welcome back England all-rounder Chris Woakes to the squad as they look to bounce back to winning ways against Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston.

Woakes – who returned early from the IPL and took some time away from cricket following his father’s death – came through a comeback Second XI T20 game at Portland Road on Tuesday (11 June).

The 35-year-old bowled four economical overs, taking one for 21, in the four-wicket win over Gloucestershire.

And First Team Coach Mark Robinson says Woakes – who’s last T20 outing was for Sharjah warriors in the International League T20 in February – is keen to return to first team action.

“Chris is light on cricket but his body’s good, he bowled nicely in the Seconds this week, and he wants to get back playing,” said Robinson.

“He’s gone through a tough time with the loss of his dad; it’s right that he’s taken some time away. But playing for the Bears is one of his great loves and he wants to put himself in line for selection this weekend.”

Woakes replaces Aamir Jamal in a 14-player Bears squad to face the Vikings (7.05pm start) followed by a trip to Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

Yorkshire arrive at Edgbaston in good form having defeated the Falcons by nine wickets last time out – openers Adam Lyth (84) and Dawid Malan (79*) – and lie second in the North Group table with three wins from four.

Robinson said: “It’ll be a tough test…and Yorkshire have a certain Joe Root coming in at three. But we have one of the best bowling line-ups in the competition so it’ll be a good contest and a good spectacle for the crowd.

“Both defeats at Lancashire and against Durham followed a similar pattern. We suffered some big overs, going for 24 and 25 runs. We’ve talked about it with the bowlers, sometimes it’s a mental things, to slow things down. But it’s the nature of T20 cricket, that can happen, you have to ride with the punches.

“We needed more partnerships in both games. Davo and Dan Mousley batted well and put on 79 for the second wicket against Durham, it was a strong foundation, but from there we didn’t get another match-winning partnership.

“Sam Hain has a proven history of winning games, and he’s getting back closer to where he wants to be, but many of the other batters are young and trying to forge reputations. They have high potential, high ceilings all of them.

“T20 cricket is a volatile beast. You have to keep calm keep, maintain belief and work on things that give you the best chance of long term success. We’ve won two, lost two. There’s a whole campaign to develop.”


Alex Davies (C & WK)
Hassan Ali
Ed Barnard
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Danny Briggs
George Garton
Richard Gleeson
Sam Hain
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Dan Mousley
Chris Woakes
Rob Yates


Bears have faced the Vikings 21 times the competition and have the upper hand having won 10 – including four of the last five – and lost 7. 

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