Rob Yates was full of praise for the bowling unit despite being awarded the Talbots Law Player of the Match for his batting.

Yates, who also took two catches, struck 68 (48 balls, four fours, four sixes), the only score over 17, to reach 149 all out after winning the toss.

But in what seemed a below par score, the Bears dug deep, dismissing the Outlaws for 127, an astonishing achievement with the visitors 54/0 from 5.4 overs.

“You’ve summed it up well there with crazy,” said Yates. “The bowling performance has won us the game there as we were a few under par. They bowled well and fielded well also, but we bowled amazingly. Hassan at the end there with six out of six yorkers, fielding was incredible, what a catch by Jacob Bethell, so it was a nice start to the competition.

Speaking of his own performance, Yates added: “It was one of those, because, reflecting on it now, it was quite important I stuck around there. It’s very easy in those moments to panic and think ‘I need to this or need to that’, but getting the job done is the most important thing.”

Bears are back at home on Saturday for our annual Family Fun Day, brought to you by Circle Health Group. And it’s bigger than ever with two games, lots of family entertainment and live music. Discounted tickets available from just £18 and under 16s are £5.