Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears, NatWest T20 Blast
Looking for a second win inside 48 hours, the Bears found the Rapids too well organised at New Road and well led by Darren Mitchell with a half century, completed victory by 8 wickets with more than five overs to spare.
Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears t20 at New Rd. Worcester June 20th 2014
Table topping Worcestershire Rapids won the toss at New Road and chose to put the Bears into bat on a warm evening, in front of a full house, with both sides enjoying a winning run in the competition.
Jack Shantry made two early strikes for the home side, removing the in-form Varun Chopra 5, to a good catch on the mid-wicket boundary by Oliver and then bowled Porterfield 14 with a slower delivery.
Shoaib Malik and Jonathan Trott then batted together for the next 12 overs adding 83 runs from 70 balls before Malik, having hit three sixes and just completed his half century, was caught on the long-on boundary by Whiteley off Munro.
Trott then followed eight balls later for 39 from 38 balls when mistiming a drive to Ajmal at mid-on off Russell.
113-4 with just 16 balls left and with every batsman finding Ajmal virtually unplayable, the Rapids other bowlers took full advantage as the Bears desperately tried to hit out.
Clarke 5 and Evans 6 were caught in the deep while Woakes 2, was run out by Whiteley’s accurate return to ‘keeper Cox. Javid hit a six in the final over and was then bowled as the Bears’ innings closed on a disappointing 133-8 with Russell and Shantry each taking three wickets.
The total always looked to be well short of what would be needed and despite the Rapids losing Oliver for a single in the first over, these suspicions were confirmed as Kohler-Cadmore and Mitchell hammered 70 runs from just 37 deliveries before Woakes dismissed Kohler-Cadmore for 25 from just 16 balls.
New Zealander, Colin Munro joined Mitchell and the third wicket pair added the 61 runs required for victory in the next 7.4 overs with Mitchell unbeaten on 62 and Munro 39 as the Rapids reached their target with eight wickets in hand and five and a half overs to spare.