Vitality Blast 2022
Wed 8 June, 18:30

Seat Unique Riverside, Chester-le-Street

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Report: Durham v Bears, Vitality Blast

Bears eased past Durham in their Vitality Blast clash at Seat Unique Riverside by six wickets, securing their fifth win of the season to strengthen their position in the North Group.

Alex Davies led the way for the visitors with a knock of 49 to provide the anchor for their chase of 142, which they managed comfortably with 12 balls to spare as Adam Hose played a useful cameo to see the Bears over the line.

Durham were made to rue a poor start with the bat that limited their ability to set an imposing total. A half-century from Ben Raine papered over the cracks as Craig Miles claimed three for 29 to play a significant role in deciding the outcome of the contest

After opting to bat first on home soil, Durham lost a wicket in the first over when Hose connected with a direct hit from mid-on to remove the dangerous Graham Clark for only two. Ollie Robinson and Michael Jones fell cheaply too, with both men being caught on the fence as Miles and Carlos Brathwaite struck in the powerplay.

The early wickets put the hosts well and truly on the back foot, mustering only 28 runs from the opening six overs. David Bedingham then continued the procession of batters back to the pavilion as Sam Hain took a fine catch running in from long-on to hand Danny Briggs his only wicket, reducing Durham to 36 for four.

Ned Eckersley and Raine led a fightback, taking Briggs’ next over for 16, including a six each down the ground. The partnership reached 36 before Olly Stone produced a snorting bouncer that Eckersley could only fend behind to Davies. Raine held the Durham innings together and was the only batter to look comfortable, scoring a half-century from 32 balls, striking three sixes. But, Miles and Stone were on point to limit the home side to 141 for seven from their 20 overs, with the former taking three for 29.

The Bears were dealt a blow from the off as Paul Stirling fell for a golden duck, for the second game in a row, playing on to a delivery from Coughlin. Despite the setback, Davies and Jacob Bethell settled into the run chase, keeping the required rate below seven runs per over, scoring timely boundaries to put the home side on the back foot.

The Bears in contrast to Durham reached 47 for one at the end of the powerplay, and the introduction of spin allowed Davies to propel the scoring rate taking 12 off Scott Borthwick’s first over. Raine ended the stand for the second wicket at 73 by bowling Bethell for 21, while Hain endured a tough spell in the middle scoring 10 off 14 before being removed by AJ Tye.

Davies fell short of a deserved half-century, missing a straight delivery from Raine to give the hosts a glimmer of hope. Hose dispelled the notion of a late wobble from the visitors with a quick-fire 28 from 16 balls alongside Chris Benjamin, who struck Brydon Carse for three-straight fours in the 18th overs before knocking off the winning runs.

Preview: Durham v Bears, Vitality Blast

Where and when

The Riverside, Chester-le-Street, Wednesday 8 June, 6.30pm.

Bears spinner Jake Lintott said…

“We beat Durham at our place but we know that, like every team, they have got players who can hurt you so we we’ll have to be at our best.

“The boys are buzzing after the win over Notts. To win four out of six is a great position to be in.” 

Recent form

Bears: WWLLW
Durham: LWLLL


Played 13, Bears 9, Durham 4

Blast from the past

In 2017 the hosts were restricted to 145 (two wickets apiece for Olly Stone, Olly Hannon-Dalby and Jeetan Patel) before the Bears cruised to an eight-wicket win with 32 balls to spare after a dynamic opening stand of 79 in 48 balls between Ed Pollock (52) and Dom Sibley (51 not out).

Look out for

Brydon Carse – England contender whose fast, straight bowling troubled the Bears at Edgbaston two weeks ago

On the brink

Olly Stone needs one wicket for 50 in T20 cricket.

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, 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, 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

Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston Stadium, Friday 10 June, 6.30pm.

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