Vitality Blast 2022
Sun 29 May, 14:30

Edgbaston

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Report: Bears v Durham, Vitality Blast

Chris Benjamin’s violent half-century blazed Birmingham Bears to a five-wicket Vitality Blast win over Durham at Edgbaston. 

Chasing the visitors’ 158 for nine, the Bears were wobbling at 36 for four before Benjamin (68 not out from 36 balls, six fours, four sixes) seized control in a stand of 85 in 42 balls with Adam Hose (29, 21 balls). 

Durham chose to bat but 158 looked under par on a good batting pitch. Only Paul Coughlin (40, 33 balls) passed 21 while Henry Brooke took three for 38, Danny Briggs two for 23 and Craig Miles two for 29. 

Brydon Carss then struck twice early on to put the Bears under pressure before Benjamin decided the game with a display of power hitting which peaked with an assault of 37 from nine successive balls as the Bears reached 162 for five from 16.5 overs. 

Liam Trevaskis, skippering Durham for the first time with Aussie ace Ashley Turner sidelined by a dislocated shoulder, won the toss and watched his side get off to a flier. Cameos from Michael Jones (21, 13 balls) and Graham Clark (16, eight) lifted their side to 44 for one from 25 balls but the next 27 balls brought 27 for four as the Bears bit back. 

Carlos Brathwaite took a wicket with his first ball and Miles struck with his fourth and fifth when Jones chipped to mid on and Ned Eckerseley was lbw. When David Bedingham was trapped in front by Briggs, the Durham were 71 for five but Coughlin and Scott Borthwick rebuilt with a stand of 43 in 36 balls and Ben Raine biffed a late 16 from eight balls to provide late impetus. 

Durham then took that impetus into the field to reduce the Bears to 36 for four. Carss was the catalyst, delivering two excellent overs for just five runs while taking two wickets – Jake Bethell, bowled by a yorker, and Alex Davies, caught at point.  

Jon Bushnell, fielding as 12th man and still to play a first-team game for Durham, added a memorable first contribution at senior level with a stunning catch, taken over his shoulder sprinting back from point, to remove Rob Yates. 

After a brief recce, Benjamin and Hose then climbed into spectacular counter-attack. Benjamin raced to a 22-ball half-century and the pair took their stands in successive matches to a combined 183 from 84 balls before Hose lifted Trevaskis to long off. 

The partnership had broken the back of the chase. Skipper Brathwaite went in with 38 needed from 45 balls, only 26 of which were required for the Bears to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Blast.  

Preview: Bears v Durham, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston Stadium, Sunday 29 May, 2.30pm.

The Bears fixture will be followed by Central Sparks women’s team who will face South East Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 competition and will start 30 minutes after the men’s match finishes.

Tickets are still available to buy online or on the day via the Ticket Office, with 12 to 15-year-olds £5 and under 12s go FREE. Tickets give you access to both T20 fixtures.

Bears batter Adam Hose said…

“It’s fantastic to have started with two wins. We had a really good win first up and then one that wasn’t as convincing but through these experiences you learn a lot as a side so it’s really good to get a close one in early in the tournament.”

Recent form

Bears: WWLWW
Durham: LLLWL

Head-to-head

Played 12, Bears 8, Durham 4

Blast from the past

In 2016, the Durham bowlers well and truly got the chop. Chasing 154, the Bears charged to a nine-wicket win with 14 balls to spare as Varun Chopra unfurled a glorious unbeaten 97 from 58 balls with eight fours and five sixes.

Who’s hot?

Chris Benjamin: Reached the crease for the first time in the 2022 Blast at Derby on Friday and smashed 43 from 18 balls including five sixes.

Look out for

Ben Raine: Durham’s former Foxes all-rounder has done some damage to the Bears with bat and ball over the years.

On the brink

Sam Hain needs 37 runs for 2,500 T20 runs and one catch for 50 in T20 cricket.

Bears Squad

Carlos Brathwaite (C)
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Danny Briggs
Ethan Brookes
Henry Brookes
Alex Davies
Sam Hain
Olly Hannon-Dalby
Adam Hose
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Paul Stirling

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 from Bears Den TV, hosted BBC TMS’s Aatif Nawaz.

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

Leicestershire Foxes at Edgbaston, Thursday 2 June, 2.30pm

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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