Wednesday 9 July 2014 

Birmingham Bears v Nottinghamshire Outlaws, NatWest T20 Blast


The Birmingham Bears went down by six runs at Edgbaston after being set 159 runs for victory against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

Birmingham Bears v Nottinghamshire Outlaws t20 Edgbaston, July 8th 2014

Varun Chopra the Bears’ skipper won the toss and chose to field first on an evening with rain threatening at the start.

There was an early success when Alex Hales was run out for six by a direct hit at the non-strikers end by Rikki Clarke, before second wicket pair Steven Mullaney and Rikki Wessels added 31 from just 14 deliveries with Mullaney hitting three sixes in his thirty six made off just 14 balls, before he mistimed an attacking shot off Rankin and found Chopra at extra cover.

Samit Patel fell to Jeetan Patel for just a single and then Wessels 29 found Patel at mid-on off Clarke before Taylor and Franklin added 40 for the fifth wicket.

Franklin was well caught by Laurie Evans at long–off for 12 from Ateeq Javid’s bowling, while Chris Read was well caught by Peter McKay standing up to Patel who then bowled Wood first ball.

Taylor 44 was next to go but not before hitting three consecutive sixes off Wright before the innings closed on 158-9 from the twenty overs.

In reply, Chopra 14 and Porterfield made a strong start to the Bears’ innings posting 51 runs until Chopra was brilliantly caught by Mullaney off the final delivery of the powerplay.

Jonathan Webb was bowled without scoring by Patel who then bowled Rikki Clarke for 16 immediately after Clarke had hit him for six and four.

Porterfield completed his half-century but was then dismissed by Mullaney and as the asking rate moved in excess of ten an over, Evans was stumped by some slick work from Chris Read for 20.

Needing 13 to win from the final over, Javid was well caught by Wood off the first ball of the over and despite a cameo 20 off 14 balls from Freddie Coleman, the Bears went down to defeat by six runs closing on 152-6.

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