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Willey hits form with the bat to sink Birmingham

Yorkshire 179 for 5 (Willey 70, Rankin 3-39) beat Birmingham 150 (Barker 3-35, Bresnan 3-21, Rafiq 3-37) by 29 runs

David Willey walloped 70 off 38 balls and claimed a wicket as Yorkshire eased past Birmingham by 29 runs at Headingley to secure their second NatWest T20 Blast win in five matches.

The Bears, replying to 179 for 5, crumbled to 58 for 6 in the eighth over amidst a number of miscued shots.

Captain Tim Bresnan struck twice in his first two overs and England limited overs all-rounder Willey once as the score fell to 31 for 3 in the fifth. Two more wickets fell in Adil Rashid's first over, the seventh, including a run out.

Seventh-wicket pair Keith Barker and Aaron Thomason revived things and have the Bears a glimmer with a 64-run stand, but Azeem Rafiq removed them both in the 16th over on the way to 150 all out in 18 overs.

This was the ideal start to Yorkshire's run of three successive home matches, including Worcestershire on Sunday and Durham on Wednesday. They had previously claimed four points from their first four matches.

The Vikings raced out of the blocks as Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Willey all hit sixes in the Powerplay, which yielded 62 runs for the loss of the former two batsmen.

Lyth hoisted the sixth ball of the match from Barker over long-on before finding cover off Boyd Rankin to fall two balls into the second. Kohler-Cadmore pulled Rankin over midwicket for back-to-back sixes in the fifth over to move to 27 before edging the next ball behind.

Willey continued the assault, taking 20 of 21 off former Yorkshire seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby in the sixth over, including a huge pull over backward square-leg which cleared the White Rose Stand and went out of the ground.

Ten of Yorkshire's 12 sixes came in the first 9.3 overs of their innings on a good Headingley pitch, with Willey reaching 50 off 27 balls. He shared 83 in 8.1 overs for the third wicket with measured Shaun Marsh (30 off 31) before being run out coming back for two to long-leg off a free hit.

That left Yorkshire at 124 for 3 in the 13th, but the hosts were unable to maintain the momentum - although Jack Leaning's last-over assault helped matters .

Birmingham bowled much better in the second half of the innings, with Barker and New Zealand overseas seamer Colin de Grandhomme impressive without taking a wicket.

Bresnan struck twice in his first two overs to get rid of Sam Hain and Ian Bell for six apiece, caught and bowled and caught at mid-on, as the Bears fell to 19 for two in the fourth over.

Willey then had Tim Ambrose caught at midwicket in the fifth over before Rashid trapped Grant Elliott lbw with his third ball in the sixth over and Will Porterfield was run out next ball. When de Grandhomme slapped Rafiq into the deep in the next over, Birmingham's chances of a third win were all but gone.

Barker hit 35 and Thomason 31 to give Yorkshire something to think about before falling in the space of three balls in the 16th to Rafiq, caught at wide long-on and stumped. Rafiq claimed 3 for 37 from four.

Birmingham, who host Derbyshire at Edgbaston on Sunday, lost their last four wickets for 28.

Warwickshire 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12IR BellSR Hain
2nd7IR BellWTS Porterfield
3rd12TR AmbroseWTS Porterfield
4th18GD ElliottWTS Porterfield
5th0WTS PorterfieldAD Thomason
6th9C de GrandhommeAD Thomason
7th64KHD BarkerAD Thomason
8th0JS PatelAD Thomason
9th14JS PatelWB Rankin
10th14WB RankinOJ Hannon-Dalby