Sam Hain continued his winter form in the South African sun as the Bears chased down 161 with four balls remaining to beat Northants Steelbacks at Claremont Cricket Club.

Hain, batting three, struck 70 (43 balls, seven fours, two sixes) to ensure Mark Robinson’s side started their pre-season tour with a victory.

Winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, the Bears took wickets at regular intervals to keep the Steelbacks at arms reach.

Led by Captain Josh Cobb (67 runs, 45 balls), Northants reached 160/7 with Olly Hannon Dalby (2/21) and George Garrett (2/31) starring with the ball.

Jacob Bethell, Jake Lintott and Craig Miles, who got the key wicket of Cobb, also chipped in, setting up an intriguing chase in hot, humid conditions.

With Dan Mousley and Alex Davies (17) departing, a 61-run partnership between Hain and Michael Burgess (20) lifted the Bears from 33/2 to 97/3.

But once Burgess and Hain fell, the Steelbacks restricted the Bears to 118/4, needing 43 from seven overs.

More wickets followed, but the calmness of Ethan Brookes and Craig Miles (18 runs, 9 balls) in the penultimate and final over saw the side home.

£15 tickets for home quarter-final

Bears have secured a home Vitality Blast quarter-final which will be on Thursday 6 July, with adult tickets only £15.

Tickets ware available online at or on the day via the Ticket Office. Members and Season Pass holders can attend for free by scanning their card at the gate.

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