Vitality Blast 2022
Fri 10 June, 18:30

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Bears v Vikings, Vitality Blast

Yorkshire Vikings opened the Vitality Blast North Group table right up with a ten-wicket win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. 

The Vikings put a brake on the Bears’ strong start to the campaign as they gained fulsome revenge for their ten-wicket Blast defeat at Edgbaston in 2021. 

The Bears chose to bat but were bowled out for 101 with 19 balls unused. A superb collective Vikings bowling display was led by skipper David Willey (three for 17) with excellent support from Dominic Drakes and Mathew Revis (both two for 18) and Adil Rashid (two for 22). 

The visitors then galloped to 106 without loss in 12.5 overs as Adam Lyth struck 58 (45 balls) and Dawid Malan 38 (33). The final throes were conducted in front of a large but subdued home crowd wishing they had more cricket to watch on a gorgeous summer evening. 

The Vikings seized control from the start as four different bowlers delivered the first four overs and each took a wicket.  

Willey bowled Paul Stirling to leave the Irishman nursing a third successive duck. Drakes, son of former Bears seamer Vasbert,  forced Alex Davies to play on. Revis had Sam Hain caught behind, attempting to scoop, and Dominic Leech ousted Jake Bethell, caught at extra cover, as the Bears lurched to 28 for four from 28 balls. 

Adam Hose and Chris Benjamin have provided a productive engine-room for the Bears this year but this time their counter attacks were cut off early. Hose (20, 16 balls) was trapped lbw by Rashid and Benjamin (26, 24) lifted Willey to deep mid-wicket. 

The Vikings’ bowlers maintained the pressure immaculately to keep the Bears’ innings in chains. Revis returned to have Carlos Brathwaite caught in the ring, Rashid’s sharp return catch did for Craig Miles and Drakes’ first ball back took Olly Stone’s outside edge. 

Last pair Jake Lintott and Danny Briggs found themselves with 29 balls at their disposal but survived only nine before Willey bowled Jake Lintott. 

The Bears needed quick wickets to have any chance of retrieving the game but none arrived. Under no pressure, Lyth and Malan worked the ball around without needing to take great risks to reach 50 in 37 balls, posted with six over third man by Lyth off Stone. 

Another six, pulled off Brathwaite, took Lyth to his half-century from 40 balls and the Vikings cruised home to reboot their qualification bid in the most spectacular fashion.

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 Yorkshire Vikings, Vitality Blast

Where and when

Edgbaston Stadium, Friday 10 June, 6.30pm.

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 keeper/batter Alex Davies said…

“It was a great win at Durham and the good thing is we have won a lot of games differently. We can’t wait for the Yorkshire game and if we can make it six wins from eight we will be in a very strong position.”

Recent form

Bears: WLLWW

Vikings: LLWWL

Head-to-head

Played 16, Bears 7, Vikings 6, Tied 1, No result 2.

Blast from the past

June 20 2021. Yorkshire 81 (Brathwaite 3 for 7, Miles 3 for 19), Bears 86/0 from 8.3 overs (Pollock 33, Hose 46). Emphatic!

Look out for

Tom Kohler-Cadmore. The former Pears hitter hit 77 off 43 against Lancashire Lightning on Wednesday.

On the brink

Carlos Brathwaite needs 4 wickets for 400 in all formats.

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

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

Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge, Friday 17 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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