Birmingham news Bears set for tense T20 Blast run-in as fresh Hain worry emerges PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Sam Hain's excellent knock of 73 not out was not enough for the Bears as Derbyshire chased down their target of 160 inside 19 overs
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! T20 cricket is a funny old game. Just two days after posting the competition’s highest ever score in its 19-year existence, the Birmingham Bears stuttered again - this time against high-flying Derbyshire. Having been desperately disappointing last Friday week in a dreadful 10-wicket demolition inflicted by Yorkshire, the Edgbaston fortress was comprehensively breached once again by the Falcons, who despite losing the toss chased down the Bears’ mediocre set target of 160 with consummate ease. That was despite the best efforts of a clearly pained Sam Hain, who for the second time in three days played a great hand and earned the Bears’ highest individual knock of 73 not out. The Bears, who have relied heavily upon batter Hain against the red ball and the white ball in the last week or so, will now sweat over his fitness levels however. Join our Bears fans Facebook group by clicking here! Only on Friday Hain bemoaned the punishing schedule inflicted on a number of county players who compete in the County Championship and the Blast, and how many of those said players were having to manage niggles and knocks to negotiate their way through matces. Those afflictions were there for all to see as he gingerly moved between the wickets while ensuring that the Bears posted a competitive target of sorts. Hain, who arrived at the crease at the end of the third over after more disappointment for Paul Stirling and a poor shot by Rob Yates, was quite clearly in discomfort as he continued to clutch his lower back between playing shots, whilst holding the Bears’ innings together while others fell around him. Their total of 159 did appear to be 15-20 runs short of what they’d have been after, especially once skipper Carlos Brathwaite had opted to bat first having won the toss.
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Sam Hain of Birmingham Bears celebrates reaching his 50
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The Bears now make for table topping Northants next Wednesday, before they host rivals Worcester next Friday and then eventually tackle northern heavyweights Lancashire and Yorkshire the following week. They could’ve given themselves some breathing space, but this defeat to a rampant Falcons means they’re in for a squeaky bum finish. The varying degrees of success against the two sides of the East Midlands inside 72 hours is another clear indicator of the nature of Blast cricket. There is always another game around the corner to earn a result, but the Bears will be thankful, on reflection, that they managed to knit together a series of wins at the top of the competition to put themselves in a commanding position. Since, their form has been rather indifferent. They’ve beaten Durham twice and Derbyshire away from Edgbaston, but defeats to the latter, Leicester and Worcester mean that the Bears head into their final quartet of fixtures needing a couple of wins at least. Eight ought to do it. How nice it’d be if they could effectively secure their qualification next week with successive wins.
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