Player of the Match
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104dGeorge Dobell at Edgbaston

Birmingham silence Glamorgan's big hitters

A few weeks ago, Ed Pollock was an unknown quantity even within his own county, but his fear-free hitting led Birmingham to the final of the NatWest Blast

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Commentator: Shashank Kishore

Right, folks. Hop over to our coverage of the second semi-final. Gnasher will be with you for that one. Cheers!

Grant Elliott to Jacques Rudolph: "I just want to say what a fantastic career. It's always sad when someone finishes but I've enjoyed watching and playing with him - a gentleman of the game. The experience he's given to players in England and hats off to you, Jacques."

What a thriller! Have to wonder if Rudolph's run-out was the turning point. Thomasan deserves plenty of credit for what, to me, is the game-changer. They made 175 look much more than that courtesy some brilliant bowling from a 23-year old Olly Stone. Bowled consistently over 145 clicks to begin with, but was clever enough to mix things up towards the end. No praise is enough for Jeetan Patel, who brought all his experince to the fore. Restricted runs in the middle, escalated the asking rate and then got the batsmen to manufacture shots. Looking back, you have to say Pollock's turbocharge gave Birmingham the platform from where they could've looked for 200. A few weeks ago, Pollock was such a peripheral part of Birmingham's plans that the club's director of sport, Ashley Giles, admits he had never seen him play. In a crunch game, he made the entire country sit up and take note.In the end, they just managed to pull through despite a wobbly final over from Chris Woakes. They can now put their feet up and get some well-deserved rest to gear up for the final.

19.4
W
Woakes to Salter, OUT, taken brilliantly at long-off. Just inches before the ropes. What drama, what effort. He gave it his all. This was floated full on middle, he backed away and belted this straight back over. This swirled around for a long, long time. The ropes were lurking behind the two men underneath that. It wouldn't have been pretty as long-on and long-off, who bumped into each other, would have put that down. In the end, Hose just about managed to cling on.

AG Salter c Hose b Woakes 27 (18m 14b 3x4 1x6) SR: 192.85

19.3
6
Woakes to Salter, SIX, clobbered over deep backward square leg. Too short, sitting up nicely as he swivelled back and muscled this deep into the stands at deep midwicket. The change of pace meant there was enough time to line himself up for the big monty
19.2
4
Woakes to Salter, FOUR, carved away into the deep extra cover boundary. This time he looked to go over long-off but ended up slicing it as the bat face turned in his hand. Lot squarer than he hoped. Great effort in the deep
19.1
4
Woakes to Salter, FOUR, sliced away over third man. Not where he intended but it doesn't matter. Looked to go over cover, this had the width. They're just about alive and breathing still

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | Glam: 150/9 (26 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.89, RRR: 26.00)

  • AG Salter13 (10b)
  • OP Stone4-0-29-3
  • C de Grandhomme1-0-11-0
18.6
W
Stone to de Lange, OUT, slower, slower, slower, slower, bouncer and then a full, straight ball on off stump. He looked to back away and go over cover, beaten by pace as the off stump takes a walk. Superb from the 23-year old.

M de Lange b Stone 16 (10m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

18.5
2
Stone to de Lange, 2 runs, two men converging on it, but it lands safe. Looked to flatbat this pull from way outside off. Midwicket and long-on were going towards the ball, but this one plonked in between