Fireworks are always expected when the Bears face Notts Outlaws and Friday's clash at Trent Bridge was no different.
With the hosts winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, the onus was on Mark Robinson’s side to post a big score.
Rob Yates got the Bears underway smashing 53 – his maiden T20 half-century – from 29 balls, including 22 from one over.
It was blistering stuff from the 22-year-old who scored at a strike-rate of 182.75, but proved to be just the starter for the main course as Hain and Hose charged along at a strike rate at over 200.
The pair would reach 174 (70 balls) – a Bears T20 record partnership – overtaking the 171 which was scored by Ian Bell and Hose (Steelbacks 2018) and Dan Mousley and Hose (Steelbacks 2020).
While Hose would fall 12 runs short of his second T20 ton (88* from 35 balls, three fours, ten sixes), Hain became the fifth Bears Blast century-maker (after Brendon McCullum, Ian Bell, Adam Hose and Paul Stirling) from 45 balls before Hose gave the innings a stunning climax with four sixes in the final over from Dan Christian.
It was a huge total – 261 for two in fact – and the biggest total in Vitality Blast history. Worldwide there have only been seven better scores made in all world T20 cricket.
Highlights – Bears hit T20 record 261/2
Sam Hain’s maiden hundred – 112* off 52 balls
Sam Hain and Adam Hose record T20 partnership
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.