Vitality Blast 2022
Thu 7 July, 18:30

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Hampshire Hawks, Vitality Blast

Hampshire Hawks booked their place in Vitality Blast Finals Day with a thumping 104-run win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. 

The Hawks emphatically pooped the Bears’ party, denying their hosts a Finals Day place back in Birmingham on July 16 and, at the same time, silencing a big, sun-soaked crowd. 

The Hawks were lifted to an imposing 186 for six by the clean hitting of Ben McDermott (61, 36 balls) and Joe Weatherley (47, 31). Bears linchpin spinners Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott took some unaccustomed punishment (a combined six overs for 76), though skipper Carlos Brathwaite stepped up with four for 31. 

The Bears had topped 200 seven times in the group stage but this time were bowled out for only 82 in 13.3 overs by top-drawer bowling led by James Fuller (four for 17), Nathan Ellis (three for four) and Brad Wheal (two for nine). 

After the Hawks chose to bat, England paceman Olly Stone opened up with two excellent overs for eight runs, but McDermott and James Vince soon upped the ante. After scored 11 from the first two overs, they smashed 50 from the next four as the Aussie, in particular, broke loose. McDermott’s fourth six, hoisted over extra cover off former Hawks spinner Briggs, took him to 50 from 28 balls. 

The openers added 93 in 56 balls before Brathwaite dismissed both in four balls. Vince (31, 22 balls) edged to wicketkeeper Alex Davies and McDermott dragged a yorker on to his stumps. It was three wickets in ten balls when Tom Prest missed a reverse sweep and was lbw to Dan Mousley. 

Weatherly and Barnard buried the blip with a stand of 69 in 40 balls before the latter (24, 16) was superbly held by Lintott at long off off Brathwaite. Craig Miles and Adam Hose held their nerve under skiers to oust Weatherley and Liam Dawson respectively, the latter wicket giving Brathwaite his four-for. 

The Hawks’ total looked about par on a good pitch but they got their talons straight into the Bears’ reply as Ellis forced Paul Stirling into a fatal miscue and Wheal’s first ball flattened Davies’ middle stump. Sam Hain hoiked Wheal to deep mid-wicket and when Fuller’s third ball yorked Adam Hose, the Bears were 40 for four in the seventh over. 

The Hawks advanced ruthlessly to Finals Day. Chris Benjamin and Brathwaite sent up catches off Fuller to leave the bowler with three for 11 from his first two overs and Vince’s side closed out victory with such comfort that they could spend the closing overs picturing themselves back on the immaculate greensward of Edgbaston in nine days time. 

Preview: Bears v Hampshire Hawks, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston Stadium, Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm. 

Tickets are available for only £10 when purchased before midnight on Wednesday, £15 on the day. 12 to 15-year-olds £1 and under 12s are free. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.edgbaston.com.

Bears bowler Danny Briggs said…

“I am sure the supporters will be as vocal as ever. It really is amazing to have support like that behind you which is why we were so determined to get a home quarter-final.” 

Recent form

Bears: WLWWL
Hampshire: WWLWW 

Head-to-head

Played 1, Bears 0, Hawks 1

Blast from the past

In the sides’ only previous T20 meeting, in a quarter-final in 2010, Hampshire won by five wickets after the Bears were restricted to 153 mainly by the excellence of Danny Briggs (three for 29).

Who’s hot?

Adam Hose. Last six Blast scores are 88*, 20, 83*, 110*, 20, 50.

Look out for

James Vince. Capable of winning a match on his own as Somerset discovered two weeks ago when he smashed 129 from 62 balls (nine fours, ten sixes). 

On the brink

Victory will take the Bears to Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday 16 July for the first time since 2017.

Bears squad  

Carlos Brathwaite (C)
Chris Benjamin
Danny Briggs
Henry Brookes
Alex Davies (WK)
Sam Hain
Adam Hose
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles 
Dan Mousley
Will Rhodes
Paul Stirling 
Olly Stone 
Rob Yates

How to follow

Fans can follow the match live in our new-look Match Centre at edgbaston.com, which will include a free to watch Live Stream.

Supporters can get involved by sending their match day comments and thoughts to matchday@edgbaston.com, and we’ll publish the best ones on our live text commentary in the Match Centre.

Supporters can also watch the Live Stream and get instant push notifications of all wickets, innings and match results via the Edgbaston app, which is free to download on iOS and Android.

Match updates will also be available across the Club’s social media accounts, simply search for @WarwickshireCCC.

Next up

Finals Day, Saturday 16 July at Edgbaston. Will the Bears be there? 

T20 Quarter-Final: Tickets only £10

Birmingham Bears will host Hampshire Hawks at Edgbaston on Thursday 7 July (6.30pn) in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.

Adult tickets are available from £10, when you buy in advance of the day of the match. Under 12s go FREE and 12 to 15-year-olds are £1. Members and Season Pass holders go FREE.

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