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Paul Stirling was incredibly modest after starting his Bears journey with a bang.

Making his debut in front of a partisan Edgbaston crowd, Stirling manoeuvred around a rain delay to strike a career best of 119 (51 balls, nine fours, ten sixes).

It was an incredible innings and just the third T20 century for the Bears, but speaking to the Ireland international it seemed that he was taking it in his stride.

“I suppose you never know how your first game is going to go,” Stirling said. “As a team point of view it couldn’t have gone much better and personally it was nice to score a few runs.

“It was my first experience (Edgbaston) and it was really good. I’ll look forward to it as the campaign moves on and hopefully it’ll get louder and louder.”

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.

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