Blast Report: Vikings v Bears
The Bears’ Vitality Blast campaign got off to a losing start with a six-wicket defeat to Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.
Sam Hain’s 14th T20 half-century was the standout contribution to the Bears’ total of 144 for eight after they were put into bat.
Hain batted with his usual flair for 59 (41 balls, two fours, three sixes) but nobody else lasted more than 20 balls against an attack led by Jordan Thompson (three for 23).
The Vikings then replied with 147 for four to win with nine balls to spare despite Danny Briggs impressing with two for 28 on his first T20 bowl for the Bears.
The defeat sends Will Rhodes’s side to Trent Bridge to face Notts Outlaws tomorrow still looking to open their points account.
The Bears suffered two early setbacks when Ed Pollock and Rhodes sent up catches in the first three overs. Adam Hose launched the first six of the night in a hard-hit 22 (12 balls) before Dan Mousley produced the standout shot of the innings, a reverse-sweep for six off England spinner Adil Rashid.
After Mousley fell for 22 (17 balls) Carlos Brathwaite’s debut knock brought just three runs as the Bears slumped to 89 for six. Hain yet again underlined his standing as one of the most skilful batters in T20, but needed some support and it came from Tim Bresnan in a stand of 49 from 37 balls.
Bresnan, facing his former team-mates, biffed a breezy 23 including a six which was superbly caught, two rows into the crowd at long off, by a burly spectator who is understood to have been a visiting ice-cream salesman from Arbroath. Hain’s knock then ended with a catch at deep cover in the last over as the Bears came in evidently a few short of par.
Briggs opened the bowling for the Bears and struck with his fifth ball when Adam Lyth was caught by Craig Miles at cover.
England pair Bairstow and Dawid Malan added 58 in 34 balls before the latter lifted Bresnan to Jake Lintott at extra cover. Briggs then returned at the Emerald Stand End and bowled Bairstow first ball back.
That was 69 for three and Brathwaite followed up with an excellent over which cost just a single. But it always appeared the Bears had come in a few short with the bat and so it proved as Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Harry Brook added 49. Brathwaite took his first wicket for the Bears when Brook was caught by Hain at mid on but Kohler-Cadmore (31 not out, 29 balls) saw his side home in front of a 4,000 crowd.