Bears stamped themselves as the side to beat for any rival with aspirations to win this season’s Vitality Blast as they thrashed Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge, winning by nine wickets after bowling the home side out for just 57. Outlaws’ total was their lowest in the competition’s history – the next lowest being 91 – and the fourth lowest among all the counties since Twenty20 cricket entered the domestic calendar in 2003. The Bears’ batters needed only 32 balls to finish the job, Rob Yates top-scoring with four fours and two sixes in a 20-ball unbeaten 35, cracking the winning boundary through the off side as the contest ended in just 100 minutes.