Vitality Blast 2020
Fri 4 September, 18:30

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

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Vitality Blast Report: Somerset v Bears

Birmingham Bears overcame Somerset and the weather to claim a four-run Vitality Blast Central Group under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) system at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

The match was interrupted for an hour and three-quarters by rain, which set in with the Bears 85 for four from 11 overs. When play became possible again at 9pm, the umpires ruled that it would be a 12-over match.

Birmingham added 22 in the final over of their innings, Sam Hain finishing 55 not out in a total of 107 for four, and Somerset were set a revised target of 125 to win under DLS. 

They could manage only 120 for seven, Tom Lammonby top-scoring with 43 off 20 balls , and lost a game they seemed to have under control before the rain-break. 

Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory struck a double blow for his side in the second over of the match to reduce the Bears to two for two. 

First he took a return catch to dismiss Ian Bell for a duck off a leading edge and two balls later had former team-mate Adam Hose caught behind attempting to pull a short ball, also without scoring. 

Ed Pollock responded by pulling the first six of the game off Ollie Sale and cleared the ropes again in Gregory’s next over with a sweet pick-up over long-on. 

Pollock was looking dangerous when trying one big shot too many off Josh Davey in the fifth over, a thick edge carrying all the way to James Hildreth at third man. 

The opener departed for 20, but soon Hain was taking up the attack, despite being hit on the grille by a short ball from Lammonby when on 17. 

Having already claimed a maximum off Sale, Hain clubbed Lammonby over mid-wicket for another six to bring up a half-century stand with Will Rhodes. 

The pair had added 53 in 6.3 overs when Rhodes was bowled by Lammonby looking to open the face of the bat. Only two more deliveries were bowled before the rain set in. 

After the break, Warwickshire’s one remaining over of batting saw Hain smash 2 fours and 2 sixes off the inexperienced Sale, a surprise choice to bowl it, to reach a 31-ball half-century. 

Babar Azam posted notice of Somerset’s intent by pulling the first delivery of their innings from Tim Bresnan for six. But two balls later the veteran seamer took revenge, having the opener caught behind attempting to cut. 

James Hildreth arrived to hit two quick boundaries, but the first ball of the second over from Olly Stone saw Steve Davies miscue a catch to mid-on. 

Hildreth replied with a square cut four and an upper cut six as the over ended with Somerset 28 for two. But Tom Abell was caught at cover off Henry Brookes and worse was to follow for the hosts in the fourth over, bowled by Jeetan Patel. 

Hildreth was slow responding to a call for a quick single and failed to beat Bresnan’s throw to the bowler’s end. The batsman pulled up clutching a hamstring and had to be helped from the field. 

Lewis Gregory was given a life on five, with the score 44 for four, when Michael Burgess missed a stumping chance off Jake Lintott. But Eddie Byrom holed out to long-on of Brookes to make it 50 for five and Gregory quickly followed, lbw to Lintott. 

Lammonby and Roelof van der Merwe (25) swung lustily in the closing overs, but had been left too much to do. Twenty-year-old left-hander Lammonby took the game down to the wire with some savage blows, but couldn’t quite turn the tables.

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Vitality Blast Preview: Somerset v Bears

The Bears return to where it all began for them in T20 when they face Somerset at Taunton in the Vitality Blast on Friday night.

On June 13, 2003, captain Nick Knight took guard and faced Somerset skipper, and former Bear, Michael Burns (it was a dot ball)…and the Bears’ T20 history was underway.

It began with a victory, by 19 runs thanks to a half-century from Trevor Penney and three wickets apiece from Collins Obuya and Graham Wagg – and the Bears could do with a similar result this time round to get their Blast campaign back on track.

Back-to-back defeats to Northants Steelbacks and Gloucestershire this week have left the Bears playing catch-up in the Central Group. They are by no means out of contention for qualification but another defeat tomorrow would put them under serious pressure when the second half of the group phase begins, at home to Glamorgan next Friday.

Captain Will Rhodes knows his team must be better in all aspects of the game than they were in their 57-run defeat to Gloucestershire in a 12-over thrash at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

“From ball one, we weren’t at the races,” he said. “We were outplayed by a very good team and we need to improve in all departments.

“They executed their skills a lot better than we did and that is frustrating because we know we have got the ability. We have had a couple of days to reflect and now we go again at Taunton.

“We have got to turn around quickly and come back hard because we know that, if we lose, we are probably looking at not qualifying.”

Will Rhodes

Somerset moved two points clear of the Bears in the group after beating Worcestershire at Edgbaston, but Rhodes’ side will be aiming to maintain their upper hand in the fixture. They have won eight of the previous 14 Blast clashes with Somerset, losing four with two washouts.

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