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Vitality Blast 2022
Thu 2 June, 14:30

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Leicestershire Foxes, Vitality Blast

Leicestershire Foxes ended Birmingham Bears’ 100 per cent start to the Vitality Blast season with a five-run victory at Edgbaston. 

The Foxes mustered only a moderate 152 for nine but then bowled and fielded excellently to restrict the home side to 147 for nine. 

After the Foxes chose to bat, Scott Steel struck a cleanly-hit T20-best 72 (51 balls, two fours, five sixes) but only Ben Mike (34, 17 balls) offered him much support. Spin pair Jake Lintott (four for 27) and Danny Briggs (two for 25) did most of the damage while Alex Davies became the first Bears wicketkeeper to snare five victims in a T20 innings. 

Davies then batted enterprisingly for 43 from 34 balls in the Bears’ reply but the Foxes, led by Rehan Ahmed (three for 36), took wickets regularly to seize a big win that reignites their stuttering campaign.  

After the Foxes took first use of a good batting pitch, Steel played purposefully from the first ball but no-one else in the top order reached double figures as they faltered to 65 for five. 

Former Warwickshire loanee Mike helped pull the innings round with a stand of 60 in 31 balls but Steel did for his partner with a terrible call which saw him run out by Chris Benjamin’s throw from the covers. 

Steel then became Davies’s fifth victim, the first of three wickets in the 18th over, from Lintott, which cost just one run. It was left to Ahmed (19 not out, 12 balls) to land a blow or two to get the total over 150. 

Mike then struck quickly with the ball when Jake Bethell chipped to mid-wicket. Rob Yates upped the pace with three fours and a six in a 13-ball 24 but then sent up a skier in a fine first over from Will Davis.  

Paul Stirling lifted Callum Parkinson to long on and when Ahmed removed Adam Hose, lbw, and Benjamin, caught at short third man reverse-sweeping, it was 89 for five and the Foxes were on top. 

They stayed there. Colin Ackermann’s side kept taking wickets at vital times. Davies’ perky innings ended when he chipped Mike to backward point where Rishi Patel took a diving catch. Ahmed defeated Henry Brookes’ swipe to have him stumped and Carlos Brathwaite was left with only the tail for company. The Bears needed some heroics from their captain but the Foxes bowled too well to permit them.  

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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Preview: Bears v Leicestershire Foxes, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston Stadium, Thursday 2 June, 2.30pm.

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.

Bears first team coach Mark Robinson said…

“We’ll certainly take three wins out of three to start with. It was brilliant to win on Sunday chasing, having won the other two batting first. In tournaments like this different people have good spells at different times, the key thing is that enough people do enough and you get over the line in games.”

Recent form

Bears: WLWWW
Foxes: WWLLW

Head-to-head

Played 17, Bears 11, Foxes 6

Blast from the past

Edgbaston, 2019, Fidel Edwards made his Bears bow and took three wickets in his first over to leave the Foxes floundering on two for three and set the Bears on the way to a seven-wicket win.

Who’s hot?

Chris Benjamin and Adam Hose. Their partnerships in the last two games have added 183 from 84 balls.

Look out for

Colin Ackermann – the Foxes’ main man with the bat and also pretty nifty with his off-spin as the Bears discovered in 2019 when he took seven for 18 in a T20.

On the brink

Alex Davies needs 57 runs for 2,000 in T20.

Bears Squad

Carlos Brathwaite (C)
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Danny Briggs
Ethan Brookes
Henry Brookes
Alex Davies (WK)
Sam Hain
Adam Hose
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Che Simmons
Paul Stirling
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 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

Worcestershire Rapids at New Road, Friday 3 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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