Chris Benjamin couldn't hide his delight at helping the Bears to a third successive win.
Chasing the visitors’ 158 for nine, the Bears were wobbling at 36 for four before Benjamin (68 not out from 36 balls, six fours, four sixes) seized control in a stand of 85 in 42 balls with Adam Hose (29, 21 balls).
Benjamin decided the game with a display of power hitting which peaked with an assault of 37 from nine successive balls as the Bears reached 162 for five from 16.5 overs.
“I’m very chuffed to get the team over the line at the end of the day,” said the 23-year-old. “I’m chuffed with the win, that’s three in a row and we’ve got good momentum heading into the next block of T20s.
“When I came in there was a little bit of pressure and we were on the back foot, but I managed to build a nice partnership with Adam Hose. We tried to take the bowlers down and there was a stage where I was looking to hit every ball to the boundary. It’s a lovely place to be as a batter.”
T20 Quarter-Final: Tickets only £10
Birmingham Bears will host Hampshire Hawks at Edgbaston on Thursday 7 July (6.30pn) in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.
Adult tickets are available from £10, when you buy in advance of the day of the match. Under 12s go FREE and 12 to 15-year-olds are £1. Members and Season Pass holders go FREE.