Vitality Blast
Sun 13 June, 14:30

The Incora County Ground, Derby

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Blast Report: Falcons v Bears

Birmingham Bears made it back-to-back Vitality Blast away wins with a thrilling three-wicket win over Derbyshire Falcons at Derby. 

The Falcons made 160 for eight against an attack led by Carlos Brathwaite (two for 24), Jake Lintott (two for 29) and Chris Woakes (two for 38). 

Dan Mousley then underpinned the chase with a skilful 56 (40 balls, six fours, one six) before some lusty late blows from Brathwaite and Woakes swung a tight and entertaining game the Bears’ way. Victory arrived with six balls to spare. 

After choosing to bat, the Falcons were restricted to 49 for two in the first powerplay, mainly due to two excellent overs from Brathwaite which cost just 11. The early wickets went to Danny Briggs, who had Luis Reece caught by Ed Pollock at short fine leg, and Woakes, who flattened Harry Came’s leg stump. It was 49 for three after Lintott’s second ball removed Billy Godleman who chipped to Briggs at point. 

Just 26 runs arrived from the five overs, six to ten, and the rising pressure on the batsmen told when Matt Critchley took a liberty with a good ball from Brathwaite and sliced a slog to Woakes at point. 

A brilliant catch from Mousley then did for Leus Du Plooy who launched Lintott to wide long on and saw the fielder race round and dive full-length to take a great grab inches from the ground. 

Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Brooke Guest batted enterprisingly to add 62 in seven overs but fell to successive balls from Brathwaite, the former run out and the latter caught by Lintott at short fine leg. Woakes collected his second wicket when Mattie McKiernan was caught by Craig Miles at deep square. 

The Bears’ reply hit early turbulence at 18 for three after 21 balls. Pieter Malan, called up to replace the injured Adam Hose, fended Logan Van Beek to point, Ed Pollock thundered a drive to mid-off and was brilliantly caught by Godleman, then Will Rhodes tickled a catch leg-side to the wicketkeeper. 

A valuable stand of 55 in 34 balls between Sam Hain and Dan Mousley ended when Hain (25, 20 balls) lifted Critchley to long off. 

That was 73 for four but Mousley  and Michael Burgess kept the Bears in the game with a  stand of 49 in 36 balls. Mousley reached a polished fifty (34 balls) with a six flicked over long leg off George Scrimshaw but fell in the next over when he lifted Critchley to long off.

Critchley then held a superb catch at long off to dismiss Burgess (22, 17 balls) to leave the Bears needing 32 from 19 balls with two new batsmen at the crease.  

Fortunately, those two batsmen were C.Brathwaite and C.Woakes. Brathwaite biffed successive fours and, after he holed out in search of another, Woakes lifted six over mid-wicket and four to third man from successive balls to reel in the target.

It was Briggs who hammered the winning boundary with six balls to spare and the Bears will head for Northampton on Tuesday with momentum building nicely. 

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Blast Preview: Falcons v Bears

Chris Woakes is back in the Birmingham Bears squad for the visit to Derbyshire Falcons in the Vitality Blast tomorrow.

The England all-rounder, who was today recalled to the IT20 squad for the series against Sri Lanka starting on June 23, comes into the Bears squad, along with overseas batsman Pieter Malan.

Malan has been drafted in after opener Adam Hose was ruled out by a hamstring injury suffered during the stunning 18-run win over Notts Outlaws yesterday.

With two more internationals on board, the Bears will be looking to take up exactly where they left off after a real powerhouse performance against The Outlaws. They will face the Falcons at Derby fired by a spectacular win over the reigning champions at Trent Bridge where they stacked up their third highest Blast total 229 for five.

It was a stunning collective batting display topped an tailed by explosive contributions from home-gown opener Ed Pollock (62 from 34 balls) and overseas all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite (44 from 18).

Disciplined bowling and fielding then closed the game out solidly to clinch a brilliant win and it was an all-round display which the Bears will be looking to replicate at Derby, says Pollock.

“It was great fun and that has been the message this year. to go out there and enjoy it,” he said. “Now we’ll rest up on Saturday and go again at Derby and hopefully keep building that momentum.

“We’ve got seven games in ten days so if we can get ourselves on a roll in that time we can make great headway towards making it into those quarter-finals.

“On a personal note, it was pleasing to get some runs.  I have had a quiet two years and could well have not been playing this year and not got a contract extension, so it was quite nice to give an early indication of what I can do.

Ed Pollock

“There is a lot more I can do, I think I left a hundred out there at Notts, but it was a nice start to the competition.”

His job done at the top of the order, Pollock then watched and enjoyed with the rest as Brathwaite late cameo turned a strong score into an impregnable one – a record T20 total at Trent Bridge.

But, revealed Pollock even before the Bears reached the ground in Nottingham, Brathwaite had started sowing the seeds of a successful raid on Trent Bridge.

“In the hotel the night before, Carlos came up to me and said ‘I’ve been watching you bat, you’re in good form, stop trying to knock it around, just go out and whack it. That’s what the coach has been saying as well and it was just what I needed to hear.

“The Carlos’s innings was just remarkable. He played in some of the 2nd XI T20 warm-ups and hit a couple of the biggest sixes I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s an absolute missile when it goes off his bat and it’s brilliant for us to have that firepower in the middle order.”

 Having banked their third highest T20 total on Friday, the Bears next face the opposition against who their highest ever was recorded. In 2015, Derbyshire were on the receiving end when the Bears piled up 242 at Edgbaston.

Brendon McCullum’s unbeaten 158 (64 balls) that day remains the highest T20 score by a Bear against Derbyshire or anyone else. The best bowling by a Bear against the Falcons is Grant Elliott’s four for 37 at Edgbaston in 2017.

Squad

Will Rhodes (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Ethan Brookes, Michael Burgess, Sam Hain, Olly Hannon-Dalby, Jake Lintott, Pieter Malan, Craig Miles, Dan Mousley, Ed Pollock, Chris Woakes

How to follow

Warwickshire Members and supporters will be able to follow all the action via the Match Centre on edgbaston.com and through the Edgbaston app (available for free on iOS and Android).

Supporters can also keep up to date with the scores and in-play clips through the Match Centre on edgbaston.co

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Blast Insight: Derbyshire Falcons

We get an inside look at the Derbyshire Falcons ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the East Midlands.

Coach: Dominic Cork

Captain: Billy Godleman

Last Year’s Performance: Sixth (North Group)

2020 Leading Runscorer: Wayne Madsen (192 @ 24.00)

2020 Leading Wicket Takers: Dustin Melton (4 @ 31.00), Alex Hughes (4 @ 41.00), Matt Critchley (4 @ 58.75)

Overseas players: Logan van Beek (Netherlands – whole tournament).

Key man: Wayne Madsen – Madsen may be 37 but his game continues to evolve with his ability to engineer strokes to all parts of the ground making him a batsmen opposition bowlers continue to fear.

Flies under the radar: Alex Hughes – Rarely grabs the headlines but the all-rounder is Derbyshire’s leading T20 wicket-taker with 53 victims.

Best Player Under 24: Sam Conners – The 22-year-old fast bowler only made his T20 bow last year but his ability to swing the ball at pace could see him emerge in 2021.

Blast expectations: After reaching Finals Day in 2019, the Falcons failed to get off the ground last summer, winning only one game and losing seven although all their matches were played away as Derby was used by the ECB as a bio-secure ground.

The falcons have been dealt a blow with Australia batsman Ben McDermott called away on international duty but Madsen and Critchley will be central to Derbyshire’s hopes of challenging in a tough group.

The loss of Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake is a further blow but his replacement, the 30-year-old van Beek, played his part in the Falcons’ run to Edgbaston two years ago, claiming nine wickets and returning figures of four for 17 against Yorkshire.

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