Vitality Blast 2022
Sun 5 June, 14:30

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Notts Outlaws, Vitality Blast

Birmingham Bears returned to winning ways with a thrilling one-run Vitality Blast win over Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston. 

Needing three to win and two to tie from the last ball, Outlaws batter Tom Moores could only scuff Craig Miles for a single. 

It rounded off a stunning fightback by the Bears after the Outlaws, chasing 98 for five in an eight-overs-per-side contest, charged to 55 for one after 20 balls as Alex Hales thrashed 30 from just nine balls. 

Spin bowler Jake Lintott turned the tide with a superb over which saw him dismiss Hales and Ben Duckett while conceding just two runs. 

The Outlaws needed 15 from the last over but could find only 13 as Miles held his nerve.  

Put in on a relentlessly damp, grey afternoon, the Bears made 98 thanks largely to Chris Benjamin (36, 17 balls). Samit Patel bowled with his customary nous and control for 2-0-12-2.  

England paceman Olly Stone then marked his return to the first team after long-term injury with a wicket first ball but Notts were on course for victory until Lintott’s brilliant brace of overs – 2-0-6-2. 

The Bears lost Paul Stirling to the first ball of their innings, but the wicket came at a cost for Notts as Joe Clarke fell awkwardly, taking the catch at long leg, and limped from the field. 

Benjamin then improvised effectively, hitting four fours and two sixes. He was supported by lively cameos from Jake Bethell (17, nine balls) at the start and Alex Davies (14 from four) in the final over. 

The Outlaws also lost a wicket first ball when Clarke slashed Stone to short third man. Duckett and Hales hit immediate overdrive to heave the match their side’s way but they fell in the space of three ball from Lintott, the former slickly caught at deep extra by Sam Hain and the latter driving a sharp return catch to the bowler. 

The potential match-winners keep on coming in the Outlaws’ batting line up but Dan Christian holed out to Carlos Brathwaite and Moores and Patel failed to find the requisite 15 from the final over. 

Patel’s exit was part of a curio from the game. With one ball to go and six runs needed, he walked off, ‘retired out’, from the non-striker’s end to get Calvin Harrison, a faster runner, to the crease. Earlier on, in the Bears’ innings, Brathwaite had retired out, in the belief that Davies would be better-equipped to score quickly off the spinners.

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 Notts Outlaws, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston, Sunday 5 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 batter Sam Hain said…

“Notts are a talented team, we know that, but so are we with a lot of depth in batting and bowling. It should be a really good game.”

Recent form

Bears: WWWLL
Outlaws: WWWLW

Head-to-head

Played 19, Bears 8, Outlaws 11

Blast from the past

In 2015, Olly Hannon Dalby sent the Outlaws into freefall with a brilliant spell of four for 29 to restrict them to 149 before the Bears eased to a seven-wicket D/L victory (target 98 in 11 overs) thanks to Ian Bell (38) and Will Porterfield (37).

Look out for

Luke Fletcher. One of the most popular guys in cricket, a nifty seamer and also top-scorer for the Outlaws against the Lightning last week.

On the brink

Alex Davies needs 51 for 2,000 runs 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
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 from Bears Den TV.

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

Durham at The Riverside, Chester-le-Street, Wednesday 8 June, 6.30pm.

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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