Vitality Blast 2019
Fri 23 August, 19:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Bears

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Blast Report: Bears v Rapids

The England all-rounder smashed 85 not out off 46 balls as the Rapids reached their challenging 185 target with eight balls to spare.

Moeen was given excellent support by Riki Wessels who finished unbeaten on 65 off 51 balls.

The pair shared in an unbroken stand of 138 – a record for any wicket by either side in T20 matches between the two counties.

The Bears opted to bat and Sam Hain collected four boundaries in the first three overs from Dillon Pennington and Wayne Parnell.

But the last ball of the powerplay accounted for Dominic Sibley (14) who tried to sweep Ed Barnard and Ben Cox completed a stumping.

Hain (46) – after adding 53 with Adam Hose – holed out to Barnard at deep mid-wicket off Pennington.

Hose (48 off 23 balls) brought the 100 up in the 13th over with a six off Barnard over long off but in the same over was caught at cover.

Moeen bowled Will Rhodes (1) but some lusty hitting by Matt Lamb and Michael Burgess (28 not out) added 63 in six overs before Lamb (35 off 22 balls) tried a scoop shot against Parnell and only picked out keeper Cox.

Wessels and Martin Guptill laid the foundations for the Rapids reply by bringing up the 50 in 5.1 overs.

But the Black Caps batsman, after making 27 off 16 balls, was well caught at cover off the next delivery from the spinner.

Moeen was soon into his stride with a six and four off successive balls from Brookes and three boundaries in the next over from Thomson.

The Rapids were well placed at 97-1 after 10 overs and then Moeen smashed the first two deliveries from Will Rhodes for six and reached a 28 ball 50 with a leg glance for four in the same over which cost 19 runs.

Wessels completed a responsible half century in a supporting role off 42 balls and the 100 stand came up in 10 overs.

Moeen then smote successive sixes off Thomson over long on to effectively seal victory for his side.

Blast Preview: Bears vs Rapids

It’s crunch time in the Vitality Blast.

And with four games remaining for the Bears, including three at home, it feels like it’s in their hands.

Hopefully the last fixture against Lancashire has shown what we’re capable of as a group of players.

Jim Troughton

Jim Troughton’s side are returning to the shorter format after picking up three points in two games against the Lancashire Lightning.

It doesn’t come any easier, however, as they host local rivals Worcestershire Rapids.

A performance, similar to the one against Lightning at Edgbaston, will give them an excellent chance at the 2018 champions in front of a strong crowd.

“The home derby against Worcestershire is a big game for us,” said Troughton.

“We’ve got four games left and we’ve just started to show what we’re capable of.

“It’s been quite a messy tournament for us as we’ve tried to figure things out with the change of personnel and overseas.

“Hopefully, the last fixture against Lancashire has shown what we’re capable of as a group of players.

“I do believe we’ve got match-winners throughout the side with bat and ball.

“It’s about getting momentum at the right time, and if we do that, and get into a quarter-final then you just never know.”

The Bears currently sit in sixth with nine points after ten games.

Third-placed Nottinghamshire and fourth-placed Derbyshire are just two and one point ahead respectively.

It’s certainly all to play for.

“The North Group is quite tight, it’s ridiculous,” added the Head Coach.

“We obviously can’t control other results, but every county at the start of the Blast would fancy their chances in the T20. That shows how volatile it was.

“We’ve got teams above us and if we take points off them, not only does it bring confidence but will get us in the quarter-final spots.

“It’s a little bit like the playoffs in football, where there’s added pressure to the home quarter-final team as opposed to the team who’s travelled and looking for a smash and grab.

“If that’s the way it is for us then fine.

“We’ve had some good wins on the road in quarter-finals and quite a few players in this squad have been a part of that.

“One of our best days of cricket was at the Kia Oval a couple of years ago.

“We chased down 207 and if we can get in that position, then we have the guys capable of winning games.”

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