Vitality Blast
Fri 11 September, 18:30

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Vitality Blast Report: Bears v Glamorgan

The Bears made it back-to-back Vitality Blast wins with a 13-run victory over Glamorgan in a low-scoring contest at Edgbaston

On a cool, grey evening, the Bears were restricted to 142 for nine by an accurate visiting attack led by paceman Timm vann der Gugtem (4-0-27-3) and spinner Prem Sisodiya (4-0-19-2).   

Only captain Will Rhodes, with a T20-best 46 (31 balls, six fours,  one six), batted with any fluency until a late flurry from Olly Stone, with 22 not out from 18 balls, gave his side something to bowl at. 

Glamorgan then mustered only 129 for eight in reply as Tim Bresnan (4-0-26-3) caused early damage before wrist-spinner Jake Lintott delivered a superb spell of 4-0-11-3, the fourth most economical full spell for the Bears in T20 cricket. 

Birmingham chose to bat but found life difficult against a disciplined display from Glamorgan’s bowlers. 

Dom Sibley returned to county duty brought a first-ball duck when he chipped a return catch to Sisodiya. After a tidy start from the spinners,  paceman van der Gugten and Ruaidhri Smith each struck in their first overs, having Ed Pollock caught behind and Sam Hain trapped lbw respectively. 

Adam Hose struck four fours in a 20-ball 23 but then, tied down in a Salter over that had brought only four singles, lifted a full toss to long off.  

After Salter and Sisodiya each struck again to dismiss Michael Burgess and Tim Bresnan, Rhodes and Henry Brookes injected some momentum with a stand of 36 in 25 balls. Rhodes batted with intelligence and skill but perished when the Bears took a self-inflicted wound. Brookes called for an impossible second run and the captain was beaten by vann der Gugten’s throw.  

Vann der Gugten, who had pooped a big Bears party three days earlier by bowling Ian Bell ten runs short of a century on his last first-class appearance, then added the wicket of Brookes, who skied to mid-off.  

The Bears were in deep trouble at 118 for eight but Stone supervised some crucial tail-wagging that hep the game alive. 

Glamorgan’s reply was hit early by a triple blow from Bresnan who bowled his spell straight through from the Birmingham End. Nick Selman, David Lloyd (21, 13 balls) and Chris Cooke paid the price for attacking good balls when they sent up catches into the infield. 

Andy Balbirnie looked dangerous on his way to 30 (29 balls two fours, one six) but swept Lintott to deep square leg. The spinner took a stinging return catch to end Marchant de Lange’s counter-attack before it had begun and then spun one on to Callum Taylor’s stumps 

From a promising 79 for four, suddenly Glamorgan were 83 for eight and the run-rate required soon escalated beyond the tail’s reach. 

Vitality Blast Preview: Bears v Glamorgan

Birmingham Bears will face Glamorgan in the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston on Friday night (6.30pm) buoyed by a win over Somerset in which the players showed “real bravery”, says First Team Coach Jim Troughton.

The Bears’ four-run (DLS) victory in Taunton put them right back in the qualification hunt after back-to-back defeats and sends them with confidence into this weekend’s double header against Glamorgan tomorrow and then Worcestershire at New Road on Sunday.

“After a couple of poor defeats, the guys showed some real bravery at Taunton, having been two for two batting first,” Troughton said. “They showed a lot of character, starting with the couple of shots that Ed Pollock played, hitting four and six with us two for two. Then Sam Hain batted beautifully and we bowled and fielded really well.

“All the way through the competition the way we have fielded and looked to bowl has been very good. We just haven’t fired with the bat, but we did that against Somerset and that made the difference.

“I feel that we can defend scores and keep teams under par with our good, varied attack. As long as we are aggressive in the field, it’s just about making sure we save those vital runs and then it’s about the batters freeing themselves up and taking it in turns to be the match winner. We have the batters to do that.”

The Bears will be aiming to complete the double over Glamorgan having beaten them by six wickets in the group opener in Cardiff two weeks ago. They have the upper hand in Blast meetings with the Welshmen over the years – of 19 games, the Bears have won ten and lost six with three ‘no results.’

An 11th win tomorrow would send the Bears towards the group run-in with exactly the desired momentum.

“We’ll take that impetus forward from the Somerset win and the confidence of the guys who played in that game and have had a good rest and put in some good training this week,” Troughton said. “If we can take that on and complete the double over Glamorgan, we will have real momentum behind us going down to Worcester on Sunday.”

Watch Live: Bears Den TV

Members and supporters can watch the fixture live on edgbaston.com or on the go via the Edgbaston app with our brand new Bears Den TV show, hosted by Beccy Wood and Adam Bridge.

Coverage starts at 6.15pm, with play due to start at 6.30pm. We’ll bring you build-up, live match coverage and chances to get involved and win prizes during the game.

Simply log-in to My Edgbaston to watch the live stream for free via the website, or download the Edgbaston app which is available on iOS and Android.

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