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02.09.2017… Warks v Notts…

Bears v Outlaws

Edgbaston… Saturday September 2nd…

Outlaws won by 22 runs

Ticket: £71Programme: £6

The final game of the day, the final, and Nottinghamshire Outlaws defeated Birmingham Bears to become the 2017 Natwest T20 Blast Champions…

The Bears started well, Chris Woakes taking three early wickets (including Alex Hales, clean bowled, for 7), to reduce the Outlaws to 30/3. However, as the game progressed the run rate gradually increased, with Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel putting on 132 for the fourth wicket. The final over of the innings was to be crucial, Oli Stone was hit for 23 runs, including sixes from his final two deliveries. Psychologically, a catchable 175 had become a far more difficult 191…

It was always going to be a big ask, and it always felt as if the Bears were going to fall short. Sam Hain made 72 from 44 deliveries to hold the innings together but as the wickets frequently fell, and despite some big hits from Colin de Grandehomme, the Bears were unable to accelerate in the second half of their innings. They finished on 168/8, and the Outlaws were champions…

Bias aside, across the course season, Nottinghamshire were worthy winners…

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Pre-Match: Birmingham Coaching Staff Watch Semi-Final Highlights…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Dom Sibley, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel, Tim Ambrose, Oli Stone

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Riki Wessels, Alex Hales, Tom Moores, Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Dan Christian, Steven Mullaney, Billy Root, Ish Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney

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First Innings: Colin de Grandehomme Watching in the Field…

Stats…

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Wessels (19 – c Ambrose b Woakes), Hales (7 – b Woakes), Moores (0 – c Sibley b Woakes), Taylor (65 – c Sibley b de Grandehomme), Patel (64 – n.o.), Christian (24 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Mullaney, Root, Sodhi, Ball, Gurney

Extras; 0nb 3w 1b 7lb – 11

190 for 4 (20 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 24 / 0), Stone (4 / 50 / 0), Woakes (4 / 29 / 3), Thomason (2 / 26 / 0), Elliott (2 / 20 / 0), Sibley (3 / 29 / 0), de Grandehomme (1 / 4 / 1)

FOW; 21 – 21 – 30 – 162

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (14 – r.o. Patel), Sibley (2 – b Gurney), Hain (72 – c Christian b Gurney), Hose (7 – b Ball), Elliott (9 – lbw Christian), de Grandehomme (27 – b Gurney), Thomason (26 – c Moores b Gurney), Woakes (4 – n.o.), Patel (4 – b Ball), Ambrose (1 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Stone

Extras; 0nb 1w 0b 1lb – 2

168 for 8 (20 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 42 / 0), Gurney (4 / 17 / 4), Ball (4 / 26 / 2), Christian (4 / 43 / 1), Mullaney (3 / 28 / 0), Sodhi (1 / 11 / 0)

FOW; 12 – 16 – 36 – 63 – 118 – 157 – 160 – 166

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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02.09.2017… Warks v Glam…

Bears v Glamorgan

Edgbaston… Saturday September 2nd…

Bears won by 11 runs

Ticket: £71Programme: £6

The purists don’t really like T20, to be honest I was initially unsure. I’m most definitely a convert. I’m also a massive fan of Finals Day, in fact it’s quickly becoming my favourite sporting event of the year…

Due to the sensible zoning of Edgbaston, all btastes are catered for. Purists, families, stag-dos, they’re all covered; I may not want to sit in The Hollies, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t find it entertaining from a distance. What really made this year’s Finals Day so memorable (apart from the great weather) was the quality of the cricket on display and the closeness of the games…

Which brings me to the first Semi-Final, and a win for my adopted side, the Birmingham Bears. A win built largely on a quick fire fifty from Ed Pollock in the Power Play. A fifty that I missed the vast majority of as I was still queuing to get in. The Bears set Glamorgan a target of 176, and they were always in contention, if always just a little bit short…

Either result was still a possiblity going into the the final over, and there were a few squeaky moments for the Bears. Andrew Salter hit Chris Woakes for two fours and a six from the first three deliveries. A catch on the boundary by Adam Hose from the fourth finally finished things off, and a place in the final belonged to the Bears…

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First Innings: Birmingham Bears Batting…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Dom Sibley, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel, Oli Stone, Tim Ambrose

Glamorgan; Jaques Rudolph, Aneurin Donald, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Kiran Carlson, Chris cooke, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan

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Post-Match: A Win for the Bears…

Stats…

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (50 – c Carlson b de Lange), Sibley (27 – c Millar b Ingram), Hose (1 – c Donald b Meschede). Hain (9 – lbw Meschede), Elliott (32 – c Meschede b Hogan), de Grandehomme (30 – c Donald b de Lange), Thomason (17 – r.o. Miller). Woakes (2 – r.o. Salter), Patel (0 – c Miller b Hogan), Stone (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Ambrose

Extras; 4nb 3w b 0lb – 7

175 for 9 (20 overs)

Bowling; Ingram (4 / 20 / 1), Hogan (4 / 38 / 2), de Lange (4 / 36 / 2), Wagg (3 / 41 / 0), Meschede (4 / 24 / 2), Salter (1 / 6 / 0)

FOW; 65 – 68 – 83 – 93 – 139 – 164 – 174 – 174 – 175

Glamorgan; Rudolph (65 – r.o. Thomason), Donald (4 – c Hain b Woakes), Ingram (11 – c Elliott b Stone), Miller (0 – c Ambrose b Thomason), Carlson (3 – c Ambrose b Stone), Cooke (10 – c Sibley b Elliott), Wagg (25 – c Elliott b Woakes), Meschede (1 – c Hain b Thomason), Salter (27 – c Hain b Thomason), de Lange (16 – b Stone), Hogan (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; None

Extras; 0nb 2w 0b 0lb – 2

164 all out (19.4 overs)

Bowling; Woakes (3.4 / 40 / 3), Patel (4 / 27 / 0), Stone (4 / 29 / 3), Thomason (4 / 32 / 2), Elliott (3 / 25 / 1), de Grandehomme (1 / 11 / 0)

FOW; 5 – 31 – 39 – 46 – 67 – 117 – 120 – 127 – 150 – 164

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

04.08.2017… Warks v Worcs…

Bears v Rapids

Edgbaston… Friday August 4th…

Rapids won by 5 runs

Ticket: £11 (Season Pass)

Attendance: 15,113

The largest home attendance of the season to witness the derby game with Worcestershire Rapids. Unfortunately, it ended with a 5 run defeat, in a game that the Bears were always chasing…

It was the Rapids Powerplay that did most of the damage. Colin de Grandehomme was hit for thirty runs in the fourth (his solitary over), and 83/1 had been reached by the end of the sixth. From such a position, the Bears did well to limit the Rapids to 190/7, Jeetan Patel taking 2/26 and Dom Sibley 1/20 from their four overs…

In response debutant Sibley made 49, and there were decent knocks from Ellioot and Thomason but the Bears were always just off the pace…

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Warwickshire Bowl…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Dom Sibley, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Keith Barker, Alex Mellor, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin

Worcestershire Rapids; John Hastings, Joe Clarke, Ben Cox, Mitchell Santner, Ross Whiteley, Brett D’Oliveira, Daryl Mitchell, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach, Josh Tongue, Patrick Brown

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Warwickshire Begin Their Chase…

Stats…

Worcestershire Rapids; Hastings (51 – c Thomsaon b Patel), Clarke (34 – c Thomason b Rankin), Cox (22 – c Hain b Elliott), Santner (12 – c Patel b Sibley), Whiteley (4 c de Grandehomme b Patel), D’Oliviera (35  – n.o.), Mitchell (16 – c Mellor b Barker), Barnard (2 – r.o. Mellor), Leach (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Tongue, Brown

Extras; 0nb 3w 4b 2lb 5pen – 14

190 for 7 (20 overs)

Bowling; Barker (4 / 29 / 1), Rankin (2 / 26 / 1), de Grandehomme (1 / 30 / 0), Thomason (2 / 24 / 0), Patel (4 / 26 /2), Sibley (4 / 20 / 1), Elliott (3 / 24 / 1)

FOW; 75 – 89 – 113 – 128 – 136 – 186 – 187

Birmingham Bears; Sibley (49 – c Santner b Mitchell), Bell (15 – c Brown b Santner), Hain (6 – st. Cox b Santner), Hose (1 – c&b D’Oliveira), Elliott (38 – c Leach b Santner), de Grandehomme (23 – c Barnard b Leach), Thomason (33 – n.o.), Barker (2 – cf&b Leach), Mellor (7 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Patel, Rankin

Extras; 2nb 6w 5b 0lb – 13

185 for 7 (20 overs)

Bowling; Tongue (1 / 12 / 0), Hastings (4 / 44 / 0), Santner (4 / 16 / 3), Leachh (3 /33 / 2), D’Oliveira (2 / 14 / 1), Mitchell (4 / 41 / 1), Brown (2 / 20 / 0)

FOW; 43 – 61 – 64 – 95 – 122 – 149 – 150

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

30.07.2017… Warks v Lancs…

Bears v Lightning

Edgbaston… Sunday July 30th…

Bears won by 5 wickets

Ticket: £11 (Season Pass)

Attendance: 8,891

Another win for the Bears as they continued their progress towards the top end of the table…

Lancashire set a target of 175, Jos Buttler weighing in with 80 not out. In response, debutant Adam Hose top scored with 76, even managing to land a first ever six in the Skyline Terrace. Not even Brendon McCullum, in hi short stint as a Bear, had achieved that particulat feat…

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Lancashire Bat: Keith Barker Dismisses Liam Livingstone…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Keith Barker, Alex Mellor, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin

Lancashire Lightning; Karl Brown, Liam Livingstone, Arron Lilley, Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas, Steven Croft, Ryan McLaren, Tom Bailey, Stephen Parry, Matthew Parkinson, Junaid Khan

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Warwickshire Bat: Adam Hose on his way to 76 Runs…

Stats…

Lancashire Lightning; Brown (16 – c Thomason b Elliott), Livingstone (12 – b Barker), Lilley (18 – c Elliott b Thomason), Buttler (80 – n.o.), Vilas (14 – r.o. de Grandehomme), Croft (15 – c Mellor b de Grandehomme), McLaren (3 – b de Grandehomme), Bailey (10 – c Bell b Barker), Parry (0 – r.o. Thomason), Parkinson (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Khan

Extras; 0nb 4w 0b 2lb – 6

174 for 8 (20 overs)

Bowling; Barker (3 / 25 / 2), Rankin (3 / 40 / 0), Patel (4 / 25 / 0), Thomason (3 / 28 / 1), Elliott (3 / 25 / 1), de Grandehomme (4 / 29 / 2)

FOW; 17 – 46 – 51 – 79 – 113 – 121 – 155 – 162

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (10 – c Croft b Bailey), Bell (6 – c Buttler b McLaren), Hain (22 – lbw Parkinson), Hose (76 – st Buttler b Parkinson), Elliott (45 – n.o.), de Grandehomme (8 – c Buttler b Bailey), Thomason (7 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Barker, Mellor, Patel, Rankin

Extras; 0nb 1w 1b 0lb – 2

176 for 5 (19.4 overs)

Bowling; Croft (1 / 8 / 0), Bailey (3 / 28 / 2), McLaren (3.4 / 34 / 1), Khan (4 / 40 / 0), Parry (3 / 31 / 0), Parkinson (4 / 24 / 2), Lilley (1 / 10 / 0)

FOW; 12 – 17 – 69 – 138 – 158

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

25.07.2017… Leics v Warks…

Foxes v Bears

Grace Road… Tuesday July 25th…

Bears won by 30 runs

Ticket: £10Teamsheet: £1

Nine days on from a loss to the Foxes at Edgbaston, a little bit of revenge for the Bears came via a comfortable win at Grace Road…

Sam Hain top scored with 57, whilst Keith Barker and Alex Mellor created a difficult chase for Leicestershire with a few sixes towards the end. As for the bowlers, Boyd Rankin and Aaron Thomason each took 3 wickets, and Jeetan Patel kept the runs in check with (1/17) from his four overs…

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Warwickshire Bat…

Teams…

Leicestershire Foxes; Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackerman, Mark Pettini, Lewis Hill, Tom Wells, Matthew Pillans, Clint McKay, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, William Porterfield, Colin de Grandehomme, Grant Elliott, Aaron Thomason, Keith Barker, Alex Mellor, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin\

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Warwickshire Field…

Stats…

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (5 – c Ronchi b Parkinson), Bell (7 – c Wells b McKay), Hain (57 – b Pillans), Porterfield (35 – c Wells b Parkinson), de Grandehomme (15 – c Wells b Griffiths), Elliott (16 – c Cosgrove b Wells), Thomason (4 – c McKay b Pillans), Barker (23 – n.o.), Mellor (18 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Patel, Rankin

Extras; 2nb 2w 1b 2lb – 7

187/7 (20 overs)

Bowling; McKay (4 / 34 / 1), Parkinson (4 / 25 /2), Pillans (4 / 41 / 2), Ackermann (1 / 13 / 0), Griffiths (4 / 42 / 1), Delport (2 / 24 / 0), Wells (1 / 5 / 1)

FOW; 7 – 13 – 76 – 106 -28 – 140 – 144

Leicestershire Foxes; Ronchi (27 – b Thomason), Delport (2 – c de Grandehomme b Rankin), Cosgrove (22 – c Bell b Thomason), Ackerman (13 – b Patel), Pettini (5 – c Elliott b Thomason), Hill (17 – c Porterfield b Elliott), Wells (29 – c Pollock b Rankin), Pillans (34 – n.o.), McKay (0 – c de Grandhomme b Rankin), Griffiths (1 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Parkinson

Extras; 2nb 2w 0b 3lb – 7

157/8 (20 overs)

Bowling; Barker (4 / 57 / 0), Rankin (4 / 26 / 3), Thomason (4 / 33 / 3), Patel (4 / 17 / 1), Elliott (3 / 15 / 1), de Grandehomme (1 / 6 / 0)

FOW; 18 – 44 – 59 – 71 – 72 – 94 – 147 – 148

As usual, more pictures on flickr…