Vitality Blast
Sun 7 July, 14:30

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

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Notts Outlaws

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Report: Outlaws v Bears, Vitality Blast

Bears stamped themselves as the side to beat for any rival with aspirations to win this season’s Vitality Blast as they thrashed Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge, winning by nine wickets after bowling the home side out for just 57.

Outlaws’ total was their lowest in the competition’s history – the next lowest being 91 – and the fourth lowest among all the counties since Twenty20 cricket entered the domestic calendar in 2003.

The Bears’ batters needed only 32 balls to finish the job, Rob Yates top-scoring with four fours and two sixes in a 20-ball unbeaten 35, cracking the winning boundary through the off side as the contest ended in just 100 minutes.

It gave the Bears a sixth consecutive win and an eighth overall as they seek to win the competition for the first time since 2014.

Seamers George Garton and Zak Foulkes shared three wickets in the opening powerplay but it was the Bears quintet of spinners who were largely responsible for the demolition as Jake Lintott (two for 17 from four overs), Moeen Ali (two for two from eight) balls, Dan Mousley, Danny Briggs and Jacob Bethell shared seven wickets between them.

A first wicket in Nottinghamshire colours for the Afghan left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi was the only positive from the home side’s point of view.

The writing had been on the wall as a catastrophic powerplay ended with the Outlaws 16 for four after Bears opted to take their chance with the ball after winning the toss.

The damage was inflicted in the space of 15 balls as the left-arm quick Garton yorked Ben Martindale and then saw that Ben Slater’s first appearance in this format in three years ended in one delivery as the left-hander, tempted by some width, slashed straight to deep backward point.

Clarke, who had looked in outstanding form when hitting 79 off 41 balls on the same pitch on Friday evening, was dismissed by off-spinner Mousley’s second ball, caught behind off an inside edge, before Foulkes, the New Zealand seam-bowling all-rounder, had Matt Montgomery leg before.

Seemingly powerless to free themselves from the grip the Bears’ spinners had on proceedings, Outlaws lost Tom Moores and Jack Haynes to top-edges to short third man off stand-in Bears captain Danny Briggs – playing his 500th career game – and left-arm wrist spinner Jake Lintott.

Liam Patterson-White at least put bat through ball against Moeen – making his first Bears appearance of the season – but found the fielder at long-on, after which Calvin Harrison was caught behind reaching for one from Lintott.

Lyndon James raised ironic cheers by hitting the second of only two boundaries in the innings but promptly holed out to deep midwicket before Olly Stone skewed Moeen to short third.

Farooqi had Ed Barnard caught at mid-off in the third over as the sole Bears casualty.

Bears’ Jake Lintott, said: “It was a really good performance. We took a knock at Somerset in the Championship and the whole squad was hurting as a result but we’ve bounced back nicely with two good wins this weekend.

“I think it was a pretty poor surface for T20 cricket but it suited us down to the ground, holding in the surface with a lot of spin. We adapted to the surface early, the seamers taking pace off straight away and we made the most of it in what was a clinical and ruthless performance.

“All the spinners in the side give us a lot of options. We’ve got all bases covered with off spin, left-arm spin, a different kind of off-spin from Dan Mousley who bowls it a bit quicker, plus wrist spin with me. And having Mo (Moeen Ali) back in the side is exciting for us because we want to go all the way this year. Having a player of his calibre around to bowl a few overs and add power with the bat could be key.

“We’ve done well in this format the last few years and it is our big frustration that we haven’t qualified for Finals Day and that is our objective this year. We just want to focus on winning each game, keeping the momentum going.”

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Preview: Outlaws v Bears, Vitality Blast

The in-form Birmingham Bears will be strengthened further with the inclusion of Moeen Ali.

The England all-rounder has been added to the squad to face Notts Outlaws on Sunday after representing the Three Lions at the recent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. 

“We haven’t seen much of Mo over the last couple of years, but he’s keen to come back,” said First Team Coach Mark Robinson. “I’ve spoken to him in the week and, interestingly, some England players have opted for rest. 

“Mo wants to get back involved, he’s very supportive of Davo as a Captain, and we’ve got to find a good spot for him. 

“We know what he does well and he’ll give us another spin option, especially in the powerplay. He’s got a cool head, a good catcher and hits a big ball so we welcome him back.”

Mo links up with a team that’s rolling with the punches. 

Alex Davies’ side has been forced into frequent changes throughout the tournament, but Friday’s win at Headingley – Bears defended 18 of the final two overs – showcased the determination within the group.

With seven wins from nine, including five on the bounce, the Bears head to their Midlands rivals top of the North Group and in high spirits. 

“To win when you’re under severe pressure is always sweeter,” added Robinson. “It’s a game we should have won, but it felt like it slipped away in parts. 

“We’ll be better for the game as the boy’s reflections were it was a little chaotic. We had a debutant in, Miles was playing his second T20 of the campaign and we then lost our captain and wicket-keeper in the second over.

“It was a great wicket with a fast outfield and we were put under pressure by some outstanding batting from one of England’s best white ball batters in Dawid Malan, but we stood up to it. 

“We were second favourites near the end of their chase, but Dan Mousley bowled a brilliant penultimate over, with another great catch within it, before Garts closed it out superbly at the end. 

“After the disappointment of midweek at Taunton, I know everyone here wasn’t involved, but there was a lot of hurt. That win goes someway to heal those feelings.”

Prior to Friday’s fixture, Robinson confirmed that England T20 bowler Richard Gleeson’s side injury will rule him out for the remainder of the group stage.

Pakistan seam pair Hassan Ali (elbow) and Aamir Jamal (back) also remain on the sidelines.

Chris Woakes is no longer available following his selection by England for the upcoming Tests against the West Indies, while Michael Burgess drops out of the squad having picked up a minor injury during the County Championship game at Somerset.


Alex Davies (C & WK)
Moeen Ali
Ed Barnard
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Michael Booth
Danny Briggs
Zak Foulkes
George Garton
Sam Hain
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Dan Mousley
Rob Yates

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