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Vitality Blast 2022
Fri 24 June, 19:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Worcestershire Rapids, Vitality Blast

A blistering century from Adam Hose lifted Birmingham Bears to a crushing 144-run win over Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston.

A crowd of 16,780, the highest in the North Group this season, saw the Bears pile up 228 for eight thanks to a buccaneering stand of 91 from 53 balls between Hose (110 not out, 53 balls) and Dan Mousley (53, 34). Hose hit 13 fours and four sixes on the way to becoming the first Bears player to score two Blast tons. 

The Rapids’ horrible T20 campaign then went from bad to worse as they floundered to 84 all out, Danny Briggs taking four for 26, Jake Lintott two for 12 and Olly Stone two for 17. 

The thumping of their arch-rivals, their heaviest ever Blast victory, takes the Bears to the brink of qualification for the quarter-finals. For the Rapids, this miserable campaign cannot end too soon. 

The Rapids chose to bowl and had the Bears three for two after two legitimate balls as Mitchell Stanley bowled Alex Davies and had Sam Hain caught at slip first ball. 

Rob Yates (20, eight balls) greeted Moeen Ali into the attack with successive fours before fatally edging the next but, as Hose and Mousley got going, a powerplay which was frenetic even by Blast standards ended with the Bears 79 for three. 

Both batsmen galloped to 30-ball half-centuries before Mousley, having sparkled in his first Blast knock of 2022, reverse-lapped Adam Finch to point. That was the first of three wickets in nine balls for Finch as Chris Benjamin hoisted to long off and Carlos Brathwaite was castled first ball.  

Hose cavorted on though and reached his ton from 51 balls in the penultimate over, celebrating with a four and a six from the two further balls he faced. 

The Rapids’ reply suffered immediate damage when they lost Polly and Dolly in the first seven deliveries, Ed Pollock lifting Olly Stone to mid on and Brett D’Oliveira steering Craig Miles to slip. The visitors’ main hope then swiftly disappeared when Ali hoiked Mousley’s first ball to deep mid-wicket. 

Whereas the Bears piled up 79 in the powerplay, the Rapids mustered just 31 and there was no way back from there. Colin Munro (34, 28 balls) landed a blow or two but after he edged Briggs and Dwayne Bravo lifted the next ball to long off it was 49 for five and the big, noisy Bears crowd could start celebrating a win that takes their side to the threshold of the quarter-finals. 

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Preview: Bears v Worcestershire Rapids, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston, Friday 24 June, 7pm.

Only limited tickets are left in some stands for this match. Fans can save from £6 per ticket by purchasing tickets in advance while tickets will also be available to buy on the day online at tickets.edgbaston.com.

Bears captain Carlos Brathwaite said…

“We’re really looking forward to the big derby. We want to give our fans something to cheer about because we have been hot and cold at home and that’s something we want to make right with a proper performance on Friday.” 

Recent form

Bears: WLWLW
Rapids: WLLLL  

Head-to-head

Played 34, Bears 18, Rapids 16.

Blast from the past

2020 and the Bears’ 16-run win was notable for the young guns properly announcing themselves on the Blast stage. Rob Yates scored a sparkling 37 and Dan Mousley a classy 40 before Henry Brookes snuffed out the Rapids’ chase with a superb 4-0-24-2.  

Look out for

Big-hitting left hander Colin Munro’s 1,724 T20I runs have come at a strike-rate of 156 and included three hundreds and 11 fifties. 

On the brink

The game will be Alex Davies’ 100th T20 appearance.

Bears squad

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

Paul Stirling is unavailable due to commitments with Ireland for the upcoming IT20 series with India.

How to follow

Fans can follow the match live in our new-look Match Centre at edgbaston.com. The match will also be aired live on Sky Sports Cricket – so there will be no live stream available.

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 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

Yorkshire Vikings v Bears, Headingley, Friday 1 July, 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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