Vitality Blast 2022
Fri 27 May, 19:00

The Incora County Ground

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Derbyshire Falcons

Derbyshire Falcons

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Derbyshire Falcons

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Report: Derbyshire Falcons v Bears, Vitality Blast

Birmingham Bears survived a late Derbyshire Falcons surge to win a thrilling Vitality Blast North Group game at Derby by three runs.

The Bears looked on course for a convincing win when Adam Hose scored 55 from 31 balls and Chris Benjamin an unbeaten 43 from 18 including five sixes as the fifth wicket pair plundered 98 from 42 balls.

The Bears smashed 89 off the last five overs to reach 200 for the second night running but the Falcons fought back and came close to pulling off what would have been their biggest T20 run chase.

Brooke Guest’s 54 from 34 balls almost swung the game in a dramatic finale but Craig Miles kept his nerve as the Falcons finished on 197 for 8.

The Bears demolished Northamptonshire the previous night so it looked ominous for the Falcons when Paul Stirling took five boundaries from the first two overs. The Irishman pulled Sam Conners deep into the crowd in the fourth but when he tried to repeat the shot off the next ball, he holed out to deep midwicket.

Alex Davies ramped George Scrimshaw for 6 to take the Bears to 54 for 1 at the end of the powerplay but Jacob Bethell’s attempt to drive the fast bowler over the top landed in the hands of mid off.

Scrimshaw used the short ball well to stem the run flow and when Sam Hain was stumped stepping out to drive Mark Watt and Davies was caught behind cutting at Mattie McKiernan, the Bears had slipped to 89 for 4.

After McKiernan finished his spell, the Falcons looked like restricting the Bears to around 160 but Hose and Benjamin cut loose in the last five overs.

Watt went for 24 in the 16th and after Hose drove Kerr for six to reach 50 off 28 balls, Benjamin smashed him for two more maximums with another 24 coming from the 19th.

Hose pulled Conners to deep midwicket but that ushered in Carlos Brathwaite for a brutal cameo that included a pull drive which soared over long on and out of the ground.

It left Derbyshire needing to pull off an unlikely chase and their chances were dented when Shan Masood drove Danny Briggs to mid off in the third over.

Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen gave the Falcons hope but when they fell in consecutive overs, the game looked up.

The Falcons required an improbable 112 off 10 overs.but McKiernan and Guest raised the hopes of the home supporters by adding 48 from 26 balls with Brathwaite conceding 21 off the 16th over.

Henry Brookes added to the drama when he was taken off for two head high full tosses in the 18th over but Brathwaite responded with a superb over to leave the Falcons needing 18 off six balls.

Guest cut Miles to the point boundary and then drove him for six before a no ball shifted the odds again but after he picked out Bethell at deep midwicket, Miles recovered impressively to see the Bears over the line.

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: Derbyshire Falcons v Bears, Vitality Blast

When and where

Tonight, 7pm, Incora County Ground, Derby.

Bears batter Paul Stirling said…

“I was delighted to score some runs last night and then see the lads bowled so well and take wickets so quickly. It was a brilliant start, but it is only a start…now we go again at Derby.”

Recent form

Bears: LWWLW

Falcons: LWTLW

Head-to-head

Played 12, Bears 7, Falcons 5

Blast from the past

Three of the Bears’ seven Blast wins over the Falcons have come at Derby, most recently last year when, chasing 160, they were in trouble at 18 for three before Dan Mousley’s brilliant 34-ball half-century powered them to a three-wicket win.

Who’s hot?

Paul Stirling: Hit the ground running on his debut, last night, smashing his fourth ball as a Bear for six and then 34 from an over on the way to a scintillating 119 from 51 balls.

Look out for

Falcons new signing Aussie signing Hayden Kerr. The left-arm fast-bowling all-rounder was Sydney Sixers man-of-the-series in last winter’s Big Bash.

On the brink

Carlos Brathwaite needs five runs for 5,000 across all formats.

Bears squad

Carlos Brathwaite (C)
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Danny Briggs
Ethan Brookes
Henry Brookes
Alex Davies
Sam Hain
Olly Hannon-Dalby
Adam Hose
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Paul Stirling

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.

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 Edgbaston, Sunday 29th May, 2.30pm.

It’s our Family Fun Day and tickets are available to buy online at tickets.edgbaston.com. The day will see both the Bears and Central Sparks in action.

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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