Bears one and one in Wetherby
Match 1: Notts Women v Bears
Birmingham Bears women suffered an emotional three wickets defeat at the hands of Nottingham on Sunday.
This was the Bears’ first loss of the T20 season as a last-minute escape by Nottingham saw them reach the required 117-run target on the last ball of their innings.
In the absence of captain Marie Kelly, Bethan Ellis, led the team onto the pitch to bat first after winning the toss.
Wicketkeeper and opener, Gwenan Davies, hit six fours and six to top-score with 42 off 36 deliveries. Her performance together with Milly Home (28) and Thea Brookes (20) set the tone for a decent total of 116.
Rebecca Grundy, with two for 11, led the bowling attack for the Bears by dismissing both openers Sonia Odedra (20) and Lucy Higham (11). Anisha Patel, two for 25, bowled Jodie Dibble (14) before trapping Sophie Munro leg-before-wicket. The other wickets came from Georgia Davies and Joanne Gardner.
After 16 overs Notts were set on 73 for 5. Davis then dismissed their top scorer Teresa Graves (44) to increase hopes of a win.
However, the game then accelerated to a nail-biting finish in the last over with Nottingham needing runs to win.
Megan Burton found an open space and hit a shot that allowed them three runs to snatch a win.
Match 2: Yorkshire Women v Bears
The Bears returned to winning ways in the second game of the day by recording a comfortable six-wicket D/L victory over Yorkshire in their fourth T20 fixture of the season.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first, with the Bears, who were captained by Rebecca Grundy in this match, restricting their opponents to just 77.
Bowlers Georgia Davis with two for 10 and Grundy with two for 17 were at the centre of the attack.
When they went in to reply, the Bears made their intentions of winning clear early, with Thea Brookes coming in at number four to smash three fours and one six for her 24 off 17 deliveries.
Despite losing early wicket of opener Ria Fackrell, the Bears pulled great team work with Gwenan Davies’ quick 14 off 13 deliveries and Milly Home’s unbeaten 16 off 17 contributing to a leading run rate.
Rain then disturbed play after nine overs with Home and Amelia Kite on the crease. Umpires Lina Nenova and R Jones had no option but call an end to proceedings with the Bears well on top.