Vitality Blast
Fri 21 June, 17:30

New Road, Worcester

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Report: Rapids v Bears, Vitality Blast

Sam Hain and Jacob Bethell powered Bears to the top of the Vitality Blast North Group as they gained the bragging rights over local rivals Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

Hain and Bethell joined forces with the Bears rocking at 7/3 in reply to Worcestershire’s 155/7. Both hit half centuries and featured in a century partnership to guide Bears to a fourth successive win.

Hain was dismissed with one run needed for 76 to end a stand of 148 – a record-fourth wicket partnership against Worcestershire in the competition. But Bethell remained undefeated on 71 to see the Bears home with 2.1 overs to spare.

The fourth wicket duo batted with great assurance and calmness as Bears moved two points clear with a sixth triumph of the summer. Next up at home is the return Derby Day fixture on Friday 12 July, with over 10,000 tickets already sold. Get your tickets in advance and save.

Bears captain, Alex Davies, put the home side in to bat on a new hybrid pitch.

Michael Booth, making his first Bears T20 appearance, struck with just his second ball as Kashir Ali was caught trying to emulate the six he struck off Booth’s debut delivery.

Jake Lintott pulled off a superb one handed catch at mid off to dismiss Josh Cobb off Craig Miles before Ed Pollock lofted Dan Mousley into the hands of mid on in the final over of the powerplay.

Roderick was bowled by a ball of full length from Danny Briggs for his 231st career Blast wicket and he struck again as Hose departed to an excellent catch low down on the long on boundary and shortly before ex-Bear Ethan Brookes fell in the same area off Bethell.

Another attempted big hit, by Nathan Smith, led to his downfall at long-off – off Lintott – before some spirited late hitting from Rob Jones and Tom Taylor lifted the final total to 155-7.

Worcestershire needed early wickets and Smith struck twice in two balls in the opening over of the Bears innings.

Ed Barnard attempted to ramp the New Zealander and lobbed an easy catch to keeper Roderick and then a fine delivery bowled Mousley.

It became 7 for three when Hayden Walsh held onto a low chance after Bears captain Alex Davies sliced a Taylor delivery to Walsh.

But Hain, so often a thorn in Worcestershire’s side, unleashed a series of fine strokes as he and Bethell launched a recovery, initially rebuilding and then accelerating.

It was Bethell who produced the power hitting and he brought up his fifty in three balls less than Hain – 37 – with the third of his three sixes.

Hain and Chris Benjamin were dismissed in a late flurry by Tom Taylor before the Bears sealed victory.

First Team Coach Mark Robinson said: “Our batting, catching and fielding has been outstanding in the last two games.

“We were under the pump tonight. We didn’t bowl particularly great in the powerplay but Jake Lintott pulls out a great catch and you suddenly get them three down.

“We just kept taking wickets, the spinners have been consistent. At different times you have to ‘grow’ a team and that takes time and patience. We’ve got a lot of faith in some outstanding young people and one or two good old ones as well.

“We can’t take Sam for granted. He missed the start of the season and had some hang-ups coming into this competition meant he was a bit slow to get off the ground. But he has got better game by game and he has got all the experience and a great history to pace an innings which he showed today.”

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Preview: Rapids v Bears, Vitality Blast

Bears head to local rivals Worcestershire Rapids in scintillating form following a 90-run win over Northants Steelbacks – and know a win will see them top the Vitality Blast North Group.

Jacob Bethell stole the show by smashing the fastest half century ever by a Bear in the Blast – 56 from just 16 balls – which included four sixes in the final over.

Bears powered past 200 for the first time this season and First Team Coach Mark Robinson hopes Bethell and the rest of his side take that form into the derby.

“We’re seeing a player coming of age,” said Robinson of the 20-year-old. “We’ve a special talent on our hands who’s looking increasingly at home in the team.

“You have to be patient with young players. We know he strikes the ball well, he looked great range hitting in the days leading up to the Northants game, and he’s put that into practice in a match situation which is where it really matters.

“The side as a whole is growing, getting better, and it was helpful to have a low maintenance, stress-free win against Northants knowing we had another game less than 24 hours later.

“Glees (Richard Gleeson) came off so we’ll have to see how he is, that was the only down point of the night.  

“I’m especially pleased with guys like Ed Barnard (48, 29 balls) and Craig Miles who’ve had to be patient for their opportunity and have performed well and taken that chance.

“We won’t get too far ahead of ourselves, though, we’re just a team that’s working really hard and being as honest and consistent as we can.

“It’ll be a packed New Road, lots of Bears fans will make the short journey, and it’ll have an edge to it as derby games always do. We’re the ‘bigger’ side so they will want to bring us down.

“There’s a deep-rooted rivalry between the sides but a lot of closeness as well with players who’ve played for both clubs and connections in backroom staff.

“It’ll be a special occasion and hopefully we can keep this run going and come out on top.”

Worcestershire Rapids have struggled so far this season with just two wins from seven and come into the game on the back of four straight defeats, the latest an 11-run loss at home to the Steelbacks.

Ethan Brookes, who moved from Edgbaston to New Road at the end of last season, has settled well in the host’s T20 side and top scored last time out with 42.

Another ex-Bear Adam Hose is also likely to line-up against his old club: he’s played in Rapids’ last two Blast games (0 and 43) having missed the previous two.

Hassan Ali is nursing an elbow injury and misses the trip to New Road otherwise it’s the same squad that faced the Steelbacks.


Alex Davies (C & WK)
Ed Barnard
Chris Benjamin
Jacob Bethell
Michael Booth
Danny Briggs
Michael Burgess
George Garton
Richard Gleeson
Sam Hain
Jake Lintott
Craig Miles
Dan Mousley
Theo Wylie
Rob Yates


This will be the 39th meeting in this competition with the Bears having won 20 and Worcester 15.  Bears have had the bragging rights in recent seasons having won four of the last five.

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