As our first home fixture fast approaches, we’re taking a look back each week at a classic encounter when the teams have faced each other in the past. First up, we have Notts Outlaws before we play them at home on July 8 at 7.00pm
June, 2010: Carter and Clarke club Bears to victory
The Outlaws always arrive at Edgbaston with a power-packed team but in 2010 they were well and truly overpowered by a double batting blitz at either end of the Bears’ innings.
Batting first, Notts lost big gun Alex Hales to Neil Carter’s fourth ball but went on to total a meaty 176 for six thanks to an unbeaten 81 from just 42 balls from Australian maestro David Hussey.
Carter bowled four excellent overs for just 26 runs – and then got busy with the bat in his famed pinch-hitting role. He went in first with Jonathan Trott and the openers smashed 74 from the first 40 balls.
Carter blasted 35 from just 19 balls with four fours and a six while Trott struck a skilful 46 from 41 balls.
The Outlaws hit back though and, after a mid-innings wobble, the Bears found themselves on 124 for five, requiring another 53 from the last six overs. With two new batsmen at the crease, it was a tall order – but Rikki Clarke and Ant Botha made light of it.
Clarke lifted three sixes into the crowd in an unbeaten 34 (22 balls) and Botha offered perfect support on his way to 22 (12 balls). With the Hollies Stand in full voice, the sixth-wicket added 54 in 29 balls to see the Bears home with seven balls to spare.
Birmingham Bears vs Notts Outlaws July 8, 7.00pm
Not only will this be our first home fixture of 2017, but it will also be our first T20 fixture on a Saturday night. Gates open at 5.00pm, as well as our brand new Kids Zone, that is all free of charge with a match day ticket. For everything you need to know for match day, please visit our what’s on guide.
Advanced tickets are just £19- and with our ticket exchange/refund policy in place, there’s no need to wait on the weather. Remember, Under 16s go free but must be accompanied by an adult.