Friday 13 June 2014 

Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Birmingham Bears, NatWest T20 Blast


The Birmingham Bears completed a superb victory by 18 runs at Trent Bridge in their latest match against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws after making 156-5 from their twenty overs

Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Birmingham Bears t20 June 13th 2014 Trent Bridge 

The Bears won the toss and chose to bat first against the Outlaws at Trent Bridge with Recordo Gordon replacing Keith Barker as the only change from the side that defeated Durham in the previous match.

Harry Gurney’s first over went for nine runs with a boundary from a well-timed straight drive from Porterfield, but Shazad‘s first over was far more economical, bringing just four runs and in the following over from Gurney, Porterfield found Samit Patel at mid-wicket with no addition to the score.

Jonathon Webb hit his first two balls he faced for four and after edging Shazad to the boundary he was brilliantly caught by James Taylor for 14 off the next ball of the fifth over.

An excellent over from Carter brought just two runs and at the end of the power-play, after six overs, the Bears were 39-2. Mullaney then produced another economic over with just four runs and off the first delivery of the eighth over Chopra was caught by Taylor off Patel for 17.

After ten overs the Bears were 66-3 with Ambrose and Malik at the wicket but in the 12th over Ambrose was caught by Hales off Patel for 13.

Shoaib Malik 29 fell to a superb catch by Wessels at long-off to give Patel a third wicket and after 15 overs the Bears were 97-5.

Laurie Evans was joined by Ateeq Javid and over the next 30 deliveries the sixth wicket pair added a further 59 runs with Evans finishing unbeaten on 45 from 23 balls with six fours and a six, while Javid made 26 from 20 balls as the Bears closed on 156-5 from 20 overs.

Chris Wright’s opening over went for just a single but Shoaid Malik’s first delivery was despatched to the boundary by Lumb as the Outlaws took eight from the over and followed it up with three fours off Wright’s second over.

Hales pulled Rankin’s first short delivery over the boundary and next ball top-edged him straight over Ambrose’s head for another six as Rankin’s first over went for 20 runs all from Hales.

Making his t20 debut, Recordo Gordon’s first delivery was a no-ball and was tucked away for four as the runs continued to flow too quickly for the Bears as the Outlaws passed 50 from just 27 deliveries, finishing the fifth over on 53-0.

Alex Hales was bowled in the sixth over by Malik for 30 and two balls later he trapped Lumb lbw for 24 as the power-play ended on 58-2 from six overs.

After two tight overs from Patel and Rankin, Ateeq Javid had Samit Patel 5, well caught by Jeetan Patel in his first over with the Outlaws 71-3 after ten overs.

Off the final delivery of the 14th over Webb took a good catch on the mid-wicket boundary to remove Wessels off Rankin’s bowling with the Outlaws moving on to 103-4 after 15 overs.

Chris Read swung at Wright and edged to Ambrose in the 16th over and Recordo Gordon took his first wicket in t20 cricket when Chris Wright completed another fine catch in the deep off a full toss in the 17th over, and then bowled the dangerous James Taylor 28 in the same over to leave the Outlaws 113-7 still needing 43 runs from 18 balls at the end of the over.

With one over remaining, the Outlaws were 129-7 and with Chris Wright completing the final over the Bears completed a tremendous victory, particularly having been put under the cosh at the start of the Outlaws innings, to win by a significant margin of 18 runs to complete a hat-trick of victories.

After the match, Bears’ Director of Cricket, Dougie Brown said, “The guys picked it up brilliantly tonight after a slow start with the bat, then with the ball to come back as we did was fantastic. It’s great when you get on a winning roll and the performances of Evans and Javid plus the experience of Patel and Malik, a great signing, with the commitment of all the other players was fan,

“It was a great win we knew we had to get a total to be competitive and we had to go for it.”

Bears’ batsman Laurie Evans said, “We haven’t done too well in recent years despite having a talented squad, but we are getting better and better. A great performance, it’s what Friday night cricket is all about. Big crowds, big atmosphere and great performances from everyone tonight.”

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