Birmingham 158 for 2 (Hose 51*, Bell 50, Pollock 39) beat Yorkshire 157 for 7 (Ballance seventy 9, Hannon-Dalby Three-37) by eight wickets
Skilful creep bowling and explosive batting powered Birmingham Bears to an eight-wicket take over Yorkshire Vikings in the Vitality Blast North workers at Edgbaston.
Yorkshire totalled 157 for 7 thanks largely to Gary Ballance’s high-class seventy 9 (forty 9 balls, six fours, four sixes). But handiest Ballance batted with freedom in opposition to an assault in which the spinners starred with Jeetan Patel taking four-1-23-Zero and the recalled Dominic Sibley four-Zero-25-1.
If the full regarded simply under par, it looked even more so after Ed Pollock took 26 off a gap foray from Matt Fisher that left Birmingham 33 for Zero after one over. Pollock’s 14-ball 39 (5 fours, three sixes) laid the platform on which Ian Bell and Adam Hose both made half of-centuries as they constructed with an unbroken stand of eighty three in Fifty five balls. Victory arrived with 25 balls to spare.
Warwickshire coach Jim Troughton mentioned: “I genuinely genuinely feel fancy a fan staring at our guys bat in the interim. Ed Pollock has got the very top strike-fee on the planet now for someone who has scored over 300 runs in T20 cricket. In that first over on the present time he stunning killed it and that is the explanation what he has completed comparatively considerable each innings. Polly takes video games a ways from groups in the Powerplay and he did that on the present time.”
Jack Brooks, Fisher’s Yorkshire immediate-bowling crew-mate, mentioned: “The device in which they came out they’d set up the sport to mattress virtually before the innings got going. We indulge in informed Matt that in Twenty20 cricket you bag freak overs as soon as quickly and some genuinely true bowlers indulge in long gone for more than he did in that over. Stuart Substantial went for 36 as soon as. We mentioned no longer to bag too down about it and laugh it off on myth of we all know what a true cricketer he’s.”
Set in, Yorkshire slumped to twenty-eight for Three in the fifth over. Adam Lyth fell to the 2nd ball of the innings, lbw to Henry Brookes, Tom Kohler-Cadmore lifted Olly Hannon-Dalby to deep sq. leg and Harry Brook despatched up a skier off Brookes.
Ballance and Jonny Tattersall added 43 from 36 balls before the latter completed on to Sibley. Because the spinners bowled tightly, Patel, on his 109th T20 appearance for the Bears, delivered his first T20 maiden for the club.
Jack Leaning completed on to Elliott nonetheless Ballance completed a unbelievable half of-century from 37 balls at the side of two sixes, both ‘touched over the bar’ by fielders.
Brookes’ successfully-judged boundary steal eradicated Tim Bresnan off Hannon-Dalby nonetheless Ballance and Matt Fisher (17 no longer out from six balls) thrashed 43 from the final three overs to bag effective a competitive total.
Fisher’s hitting had given his aspect leisurely impetus nonetheless the 20-one year-outmoded then continued a nightmare opening over which integrated a 5-wides, a no ball and two sixes and two fours from Pollock. When the opener departed to a boundary steal off Steve Patterson in the fourth over, his onslaught had already taken his aspect past 50.
Sam Hain rapidly fell to a ravishing steal by Bresnan at lengthy leg nonetheless if there change into a sliver of hope for the Vikings it change into fleet snuffed out as Bell and as Hose raised a half of-century stand in 33 balls. Hose lifted Azeem Rafiq over lengthy-on for six to steal the full past a hundred in the tenth over and, in front of a 10,395 crowd, the Bears cruised to their 2nd eight-wicket victory in three video games in the competitors this season.