Spinning duo Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott have returned to Edgbaston as champions as the inaugural Hundred competition ended with Southern Brave clinching the trophy at Lord’s.
The pair, who were also joined by future Bears batsman Alex Davies and Bowling Coach Graeme Welch, defeated a Birmingham Phoenix side by 32 runs – which included Bears ‘keeper/batsman Chris Benjamin.
Batting first, the Brave reached 168 for five from their 100 balls with Phoenix offering 136 for five in reply.
Jake Lintott finished with one for 30 from his 20 balls, whilst Benjamin added 23 batting six.
Lintott and Benjamin – along with Briggs – were the standouts for the Bears. Lintott tied second in the overall wickets chart with 11 with Briggs taking seven in five games. Benjamin finished seventh in the averages chart with 37.33.
Sam Hain – who was selected by Manchester Originals – played one game, scoring 12 not out.
Henry Brookes and Adam Hose were due to represent the Phoenix before pulling out due to injury.
In the women’s competition, a strong Warwickshire contingent were left heartbroken as the Phoenix fell to defeat against the Oval Invincibles in the Eliminator round at the Kia Oval.
Opener Eve Jones and ‘keeper Amy Jones both had excellent tournaments with the bat. Eve finished the fourth highest run scorer with 233 runs with Amy adding 176.
Bears captain Marie Kelly made her Phoenix debut in the Eliminator, whilst Bears all-rounder Jo Gardner also featured in that match before lifting the trophy at Lord’s for the Invincibles.
Other Bears to be selected were George Davies (Trent Rockets) and Liz Russell (Northern Superchargers).