Saturday 23 August 2014 

Birmingham Bears v Surrey, NatWest T20 Blast semi-final


Surrey won the toss in the opening semi-final and put the Bears into bat with Ian Bell and Varun Chopra making an impressive start posting 57 in the power-play before Bell played on off Dunn’s bowling for 38 including two sixes and four fours.

Varun Chopra was then brilliantly caught by Gareth Betty when drilling a return catch that the bowler held on to for 23.

69-2 in the eighth over Clarke 35 and Porterfield added seventy in eight overs before Clarke 35 was caught by O’Brien on the long-on boundary off Petersen’s final delivery.

Porterfield in superb form completed his half century and despite losing Evans bowled by Mahmood for two, he continued to punish the Surrey attack with five sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 81 as the Bears closed their 20 overs on 194-6

In reply Jason Roy got Surrey off to an electric start, racing to his fifty from just nineteen balls before he was caught at fine leg by Woakes off Patel for fifty eight in the eighth over with Surrey 89-1.

Ateeq Javid’s first ball was hammered back to him by Petersen 13 and Javid held a difficult chance and when he then removed Gary Wilson for four in his next over the Bears had applied the brake to the Surrey innings and wickets continued to tumble as the run rate dropped in the Bears’ favour.

Davies 39 was run out by Tim Ambrose and then Porterfield ran out O’Brien 11 as the required rate moved past sixteen an over.

Chris Woakes applied the finishing touches when bowling both Mahmood 16 and Peterson 21 in his final spell as Surrey’s innings closed on 178-7 leaving the Birmingham Bears as winners by 16 runs and securing a place in the Final.


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