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RESULT
North Group (D/N), Birmingham, May 20, 2023, Vitality Blast
(19.5/20 ov, T:201) 166

Bears won by 34 runs

Player Of The Match
, WARKS
83* (45)
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Sam Hain sets Bears up for thumping win over Yorkshire

Brookes claims four as Yorkshire pay price for disastrous start with the bat

Sam Hain jumps into his shot, Somerset v Birmingham Bears, Vitality Blast, Taunton, September 4, 2020

Sam Hain gave Birmingham Bears a winning start in the Blast  •  Getty Images

Birmingham Bears 200 for 6 (Hain 83) beat Yorkshire 166 (Brookes 4-32) by 34 runs
The enduring excellence of Sam Hain sparkled yet again as Birmingham Bears began their Vitality Blast campaign with a comfortable 34-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston.
In the second half of the inaugural 'Blast Off' double header (Lancashire beat Derbyshire in the first), the Bears were lifted to an imposing 200 for six by a stand of 97 in 47 balls by Hain (83 not out, 46 balls) and Chris Benjamin (46, 28).
The Bears' bowling attack then made light of the loss of Hassan Ali, who turned an ankle in the warm-ups. Chris Woakes struck twice in his first 11 balls as the Vikings dipped to 34 for five. There was no way back from there and they ended on 166 all out, Dawid Malan top-scoring with 43 from 29 and Henry Brookes taking four for 32.
The hefty margin of victory continued the recent history of less-than-tight Blast encounters between these teams, their previous two meetings having delivered a ten-wicket win for each.
The Vikings' decision to bowl first appeared sound after the home side ended the powerplay on a modest 41 for three. Paul Stirling, returning to Birmingham on a short-term deal until Glenn Maxwell's IPL commitments are over, played on to Matt Revis whose excellent first two overs cost just eight runs.
When Dom Bess's third ball bowled Dan Mousley through an attempted slog-sweep, the Bears were 51 for four - a wobbly platform which Hain and Benjamin first shored up then built upon spectacularly with some ferocious strokeplay.
Revis returned to end the partnership second ball back when Benjamin ladled to deep square leg, but Hain remained to smite seven fours and four sixes. His last two fours, pulled to the raucous Hollies Stand side off Ben Mike, came from the last two balls of the innings to take the total to 200.
Woakes then got busy as the Vikings lost wickets to the fifth ball of each of the first four overs. The World Cup winner had Adam Lyth caught behind and forced Shan Masood to play on. Henry Brookes ended Jonny Bairstow's input at seven from six balls, courtesy of a nick to the wicketkeeper, and bowled Will Fraine to leave the innings in disarray at 20 for four.
That became 34 for five when Revis connected sweetly with a cover drive off Dan Mousley but was brilliantly caught at extra by Danny Briggs. Another fine catch, from Brookes diving forward at deep square off Craig Miles, removed Mike and when Jordan Thompson sent up a skier later in the over, Malan was left with 133 to find from ten overs and only the lower order for company.
After Malan fell lbw slog-sweeping at Jake Lintott, the quest for 102 from the last six overs proved beyond the Vikings' reach despite some carefree swishing in a lost cause from Dom Bess (42 not out, 28) and Jafer Chohan (37, 20).

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Vitality Blast

North Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BEARS14113220.819
LANCS1485170.427
WORCS1485170.349
NOTTS148616-0.222
DERBS1467130.397
NHNTS1468120.274
DURH1447110.077
YORKS146610-0.737
LEICS142124-1.402
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SOM14122241.460
HANTS1495180.820
SUR1486161.192
ESSEX1486160.088
KENT1477140.287
SUSS146812-0.871
GLOUC145910-0.993
GLAM145910-1.060
MIDDX143116-0.932