Sam Hain and Jacob Bethell powered Bears to the top of the Vitality Blast North Group as they gained the bragging rights over local rivals Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

Hain and Bethell joined forces with the Bears rocking at 7/3 in reply to Worcestershire’s 155/7. Both hit half centuries and featured in a century partnership to guide Bears to a fourth successive win.

Hain was dismissed with one run needed for 76 to end a stand of 148 – a record-fourth wicket partnership against Worcestershire in the competition. But Bethell remained undefeated on 71 to see the Bears home with 2.1 overs to spare.

The fourth wicket duo batted with great assurance and calmness as Bears moved two points clear with a sixth triumph of the summer. Next up at home is the return Derby Day fixture on Friday 12 July, with over 10,000 tickets already sold. Get your tickets in advance and save.

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