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Fixation: Birmingham Bears vs. Yorkshire Vikings
Location: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Dated: Wednesday June 30, 2021
Start time: 6.30 p.m.
What is the truth ?
The Birmingham host flying to Yorkshire as the battle to secure a quarterfinal spot in the Northern Group intensifies. The Bears, the top pointers with four wins in their first five games, have since lost three in a row to drop in the standings, but the overwhelming nature of some of those early wins means they maintain a positive net run rate.
Yorkshire, meanwhile, sit atop the standings with six of nine wins, and is a tough proposition for a Bears team looking to bounce back.
The Vikings won the reverse match of that encounter at Headingley in what was the opening game for both teams in the 2021 tournament. After limiting Birmingham to 144 for 8, the Vikings returned home with nine balls and six wickets to resell.
They’ve lost just twice since then and have secured a particularly complete victory over Northamptonshire in their last outing on Saturday night, scoring a brutal 224 for 3 before beating the Steelbacks for 142 to reclaim the top spot from the Notts Outlaws .
Birmingham rebounded from their loss in their opener by continuing that impressive four-game winning streak, culminating in an 18-point loss to champions Notts at Trent Bridge after posting 229 for 5 on the first batter. However, since then their fortress has fallen, as has their position in the ranking.
This is their third consecutive home game, and having lost the previous two to Derbyshire and Durham, respectively, it is imperative to bounce back if they are to get back into the top four.
Who is in good shape?
Raised at No.3, versatile Yorkshire player Jordan Thompson hammered 74 out of just 35 balls during the Northants demolition on Saturday, with his assault of 49 minutes including seven maximums. He now totals 162 runs in the 2021 Blast at an average of 54.00, but even that is being pushed into the shadows by the number of his teammate Harry Brook. He made 45 points against Northants, which pushed him past 300 points this season, which averaged a stunning 86.00.
Thompson is also having a good season with the ball, as his 11 wickets, including one more against Northants, mark him as the Vikings’ main wicket-taker. Matt Fisher, who is finally enjoying a long run in the team after a few years of injury, took two wickets on Saturday and has nine for the season. Also beware of England spinner Dom Bess, who finished three for 17 on four overs against Northants and is tied with Fisher on nine scalps.
There has been little to complain about for Birmingham in recent games, but away acquisition Carlos Brathwaite has continued to prove his worth, leading the Bears table with 15 scalps. He selected three more against Durham on Saturday, including his former nemesis Ben Stokes. Fellow fashion designer Tim Bresnan, formerly of Yorkshire, also struck twice to bring his tally to nine, but the Bears are sorely lacking in control of isolator Jake Lintott, who could return after this game and who has eight so far. counters.
Middle-order hitter Sam Hain has been a cut above with the bat, scoring 288 runs in eight innings so far, although he has touched the pads in the last two games. Luckily for the Bears, skipper Will Rhodes made 45 on Saturday and topped 200 for the season himself, but youngster Matt Lamb has also touched a touch of form. Since entering the T20 squad for the first time this season against Derbyshire, he has recorded scores of 22 and 39, the latter of which is second to Rhodes for the highest score of the innings.
What are the team’s news?
Birmingham Bear: Coming soon
Yorkshire Vikings: Coming soon
Latest five T20 results (most recent first)
Birmingham Bear: LLLAW
Yorkshire Vikings: WLWWA
Record T20 face to face
Total number of matches: 15
Birmingham Bears win: 6
Yorkshire Vikings wins: 6
No result: 2
Latest Birmingham Bears News
Latest from the Yorkshire Vikings
What’s the weather like?
Keep up to date with the MetOffice rolling forecast for Edgbaston: Click here
Go to the game?
Tickets are on sale for £ 19 for adults while those under 16 are admitted free. Click here for the Edgbaston box office.
Address: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU
Car park: There will be no parking available for purchase in advance or on the same day for this fixture.
Parking will be available on site for annual parking pass holders only. A small number of disabled parking spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Public parking may also be available for payment and display in Cannon Hill Park and / or the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Center. These car parks are not operated by Edgbaston.
By bus: There are regular local ground buses from southwest Birmingham and the city center. National Express buses 45 and 47 serve downtown and Pershore Road, a two-minute walk from the ground.
More information on local buses can be found by click here.
By train: Birmingham New Street Station is the city’s main rail hub with connections from across the country.
How to follow the match?
Birmingham will offer live coverage of the game through their website: Click here
All T20 Blast matches are also available through the ECB’s central hub: Click here
The matches can also be viewed on mobile via the BCE app.
Radio: All Vitality Blast devices will be available on local BBC radio stations with extended coverage also on 5 Live Sports Extra.
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It’s time for the Birmingham Bears to get their season back on track. Home victory.
OTHER T20 BLAST LUMINAIRES: WEDNESDAY JUNE 30
Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs. Durham
Hampshire Hawks vs. Surrey
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