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Birmingham Bears had a disappointing day on Friday as they lost to Worcestershire Rapids after a superb performance earlier. They've played only two games thus far and have won one and lost one. They'll be taking on Yorkshire in their next assignment on 8th July at Birmingham. Yorkshire have played just one match in which they registered a big win over Durham, who were at the bottom of the table last year. Despite a loss, Birmingham Bears would not be too disappointed as they didn't do too bad in particular. They'll be hoping for a comeback at their home ground and expect them to come out all guns blazing against Yorkshire.
Sam Hain played another fantastic knock but it, too, wasn't enough to overpower their local rivals, Worcestershire Rapids. He continued to build on the good run of form he's having as he played a good innings of 70-runs of just 44 deliveries.
Winning the toss, Grant Elliot decided to put Worcestershire in to bat, Joe Clarke excellent form immediately made that decision look wrong as he struck the big man from New Zealand, Colin de Grandhomme, for 20 runs in four delivers. Although Harry Brooks picked him up a few overs later, he had already done the damage. Harry Brooks returned with the excellent figures of 4-0-28-2. However, other bowlers could neither contain Worcestershire batsmen nor pick up wickets.
Although Ed Pollock gave Birmingham Bears a lovely start, but Ian Bell's wicket off Pat Brown's second delivery sent Bears on backfoot. A couple of overs later, Pollock too nicked one of the Brown's deliveries through to the keeper. Their batting woes didn't end there as they lost half their side for just 82. Sam Hain brought them back into the game with some lusty hitting, but his departure for a personal score of 77 meant that doors were closed for Bears. With 40 runs needed off last three overs and just a wicket in hand, Tim Ambrose and Oliver Hannon Dalby smashed a few boundaries but could only take them to 187.
Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandhomme, Dominic Sibley, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Yorkshire experienced several speed bumps throughout the season and during the build-up to this competition but still managed to salvage a convincing victory in their first match. The loss David Willey and Liam Plunkett and a few others to England's International fixtures was just a beginning. Their performance in their first match did not reflect any of those woes and was absolutely clinical.
Batting first, Yorkshire managed to put together a total of 200 runs in an innings that was glued by Adam Lyth and other batsmen batting around him. Adam Lyth scored 92 off 54 and carried the bat through. Although Tom Kohler-Cadmore could only score six, the man replacing him at the wicket, Harry Brook, played a quick knock of 44 runs keeping their run-rate up. Another series of the similar run followed as Gary Ballance got out for a golden duck and Jonathan Tattersall scored a brilliant unbeaten fifty to take their total to 200.
Their bowlers started off well with Jack Brooks getting rid of Graham Clark and Paul Collingwood on successive deliveries leaving Durham tottering at 13 for two after 3 overs and 3 deliveries. Their bowlers kept bowling accurately and that coupled with lack of intent from Durham batsmen, the situation kept slipping away from Durham. Ben Stokes did manage to do some damage and spoil the figures of their bowlers, but it proved to be too little too late. Yorkshire looked clinical in their first match and with Williamson expected to join them later in the tournament, their squad is only going to get strengthened from here.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, GS Ballance, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall, TT Bresnan, Azeem Rafiq, Matthew Fisher, SA Patterson, Jack Brooks.
With small boundaries and even bounce, expect a high-scoring encounter on beautiful batting wicket on Sunday. Although no total is safe on this ground, the team batting first would like to post at least a total of 180 runs to stay competitive.
The Bears are coming into this game on the back of a loss and will be desperate to find a win here. They appeared to be a little overdependent on Sam Hain and Ian Bell so far in the tournament. Yorkshire, on the other hand, have registered a win in the only game they've played. Yorkshire appeared to be a complete team on Friday and their ability to score 200 despite the failure of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance speaks a volume. For the above-mentioned reasons, we think that Yorkshire are better equipped to prevail against Warwickshire on Sunday.
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