Bears take one win from Foundation Ground double header
Birmingham Bears recorded one win out of their two T20 matches at Edgbaston Foundation Ground on Sunday.
They lost by 42 runs in their first match against visiting Sussex before turning their luck in the second match to beat last year’s champions Lancashire by 26 runs.
They won the toss in the first match against Sussex and elected to bat first.
Sussex skipper Georgia Adams and Paige Scholfield opened the batting, with the Bears making an early breakthrough as Thea Brookes dismissed Scholfield for two runs.
It was a promising outing as Rebecca Grundy recorded some commendable bowling figures of 4/10. Georgia Davies’ 2/23 and Anisha Patel’s 1/10 contributed to making sure Sussex were within a reachable total; all out for 109 after 19.3 overs.
Their reply was a struggle as they found it challenging to put up a partnership during their innings.
Ria Fackrell top scored with 22 as the hosts found themselves 42 runs short
In the second game Birmingham Bears won the toss and sent Lancashire Women in to field.
The hosts recorded a total of 126/4 with Ria Fackrell again top scoring with 37 off 47 balls.
Fackrell’s opening partnership with Gwenan Davies (34) gave a solid base for the Bears’ innings to post a defendable total without losing their crucial wickets.
Davies’ 34 was a combination of some quick singles and six fours while Milly Home hit the boundary thrice for her 25.
Facing a target of 127, Lancashire went in to reply and had a tough time facing the determined Bears bowlers.
Skipper Rebecca Grundy grabbed 4/14 runs with Thea Brookes, Liz Russell and Georgia Davis collecting a wicket apiece.
The visitors were left needing 29 runs off the last over. With every ball having to be over the boundary in that final over, Lancashire women found the task overwhelming and ended up scoring 100 in total.