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Birmingham Bears managed to stay in the hunt for the playoff spot by registering a comfortable win over Lancashire Lightning. The win not only kept their quarterfinal hopes alive but also blurred Lancashire's hope for a home quarterfinal. They are set to face Worcestershire in their next game on 18th August and the result of which will decide Bears' fate in the tournament. They'd also want Northamptonshire to defeat Nottinghamshire in another league game. Worcestershire, on the other hand, have already qualified for the playoffs and will not be under any such pressure coming into this game.
The Bears will be desperate for Northants victory on Friday when Northants take on Yorkshire in their penultimate game of the competition. A win for Steelback will mean that Yorkshire can no longer get to more than 15 points. The Bears, on the other hand, will need to win against Worcestershire so as to stand a chance to get past Yorkshire in the points table.
Olly Hannon-Dalby was excellent in Bears' last game, against Lancashire, has he picked up four crucial wickets to rock the visitors back. It was just what the doctor ordered for the visitors who were desperate for a win to stay in the competition. They need yet another win, the bigger the better, and they'd be looking forward to their bowling department to come good once again.
Chasing a smallish total, their batsmen were clinical up front with Ian Bell and Ed Pollock doing most of the damage. The opening pair added 68 runs off 54 deliveries and there was nothing but the formality remaining after that. Bears will now be hoping for a Northants' victory on Thursday to have better chances of their qualification.
Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Colin de Grandhomme, Grant Elliott, Aaron Thomason, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Josh Poysden.
Despite getting a hammering from Nottinghamshire Outlaws in their last game, Worcestershire are sitting comfortably at the third spot in the points table and are confirmed to go the playoffs. Batting first in their last match, the Rapids managed to amass a good total of 194 for 5 in 20 overs. They were in a pretty good position at one time, but Riki Wessels smashed as many as nine sixes to rock them and guide Outlaws home in an astonishing game of Cricket.
What was even more remarkable was that out of Wessels total 55, 54 were scored in sixes. Andy Carter and Pat Brown received most of the damage before Wessels was eventually dismissed with 72 runs on the board in the fifth over.
Earlier with the bat, Moeen Ali led them with grace as he got into his stride by hitting two sixes off Dan Christian early in the innings. However, they lost three quick wickets in the form of Clarke, Callum Ferguson, and then Moeen Ali. Cox and D'Oliveira revived their innings back as the duo added 52 runs in quick time with the help of some lower order cameos by Ross Whiteley and Wayne Parnell taking their final total to 191.
Joe Clarke, Moeen Ali, Callum Ferguson, Tom Fell, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, WD Parnell, Daryl Mitchell, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown.
The Bears will be pumped by their win against Lancashire Lightning, but they won't be pleased by the position Northants' were in against Yorkshire at the time of writing. Worcestershire are coming off a loss into this game and a win here could possibly award them a home quarter-final, something they'd certainly enjoy. They've been a better team as compared to the Bears and with motivation to secure a home final, we expect them to do well and defeat deflated Birmingham Bears in the upcoming match.
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