Report: Bears v Steelbacks, Second XI T20
Preparations for Saturday’s Blast Off are well set after the Bears secured their third Second XI T20 win out of three.
Having beaten Gloucestershire by 72 runs on Tuesday, Bears made it a double-header delight against Steelbacks on Wednesday, securing a 78-run win in the first game and three-wicket victory later in the afternoon.
With the visitors choosing to bat first, Che Simmons was the pick of the bowlers, getting David Willey out for seven and free-flowing Chris Lynn for 44, to finish with figures of 4/45. Olly Hannon-Dalby, who opened the bowling with Craig Miles, also impressed, taking 3/26 from his full quote of four overs, to restrict Steelbacks to 151 all out.
In reply, Chris Benjamin struck 42 off just 17 balls (4×4, 3×6) as the Bears cruised to their 152 target. Jacob Bethell (28), Ethan Brookes (25) and Will Rhodes (23) all made strong contributions at the top of the order, to ensure the home side completed the task with 6.2 overs spare.
Four Teams. Two Matches. Blast Off is back!
Vitality Blast Off is back and the Bears will launch their home T20 campaign with a huge men’s double-header featuring two big Midlands rivalry games.
Following the success of last season’s inaugural Blast Off, the event returns for a second year at Edgbaston on Saturday 1 June as Derbyshire Falcons host Leicestershire Foxes (2.30pm) before the Bears take on Notts Outlaws (6.30pm).
Fans can register now to get priority access to tickets at the best prices.