Gloucestershire 157 for 3 (Cockbain 84*) overcome Birmingham Bears 100 (Smith 5-16) by 57 runs
Gloucestershire brushed Birmingham Bears apart from 57 runs at a truncated Central Group thrash from the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston.
At a match shortened to 12 overs each side by rainfall, Gloucestershire piled up 157 for 3 thanks mostly to Ian Cockbain’s explosive unbeaten 84 from only 35 balls, including six fours and seven sixes.
A second-wicket rack of 89 at 40 chunks from Cockbain and Miles Hammond( who struck 41 away 23 chunks, guaranteed that the Bears will be facing a hefty goal.
The powerful scoreboard pressure afterward told on the house side as they mustered only 100 out in response with left-arm spinner Tom Smith carrying a career-best 5 to 16. Birmingham dropped their last nine wickets for 45 runs in 42 balls).
After Gloucestershire were set up, Dan Mousley, which makes his hands 20 introduction, bowled Chris Dent together with his fourth ball, but Hammond and Cockbain hit publicly. They took his side 42 from four overs and smashed 22 in the fifth as Cockbain welcomed Tim Bresnan to the attack using a four followed by three consecutive sixes, over mid wicket, extended away and extra pay.
Two successive sixes, flat-batted over long off, then hoisted above pay off Olly Stone, took the former Lancashire player to 50 out of 19 balls. )
Hammond’s remarkable support function ended when he increased Henry Brookes to stage but Gloucestershire’s momentum stayed high, with just two of those 12 overs costing fewer than ten runs. Cockbain charged on, chanced his arm, typically connecting sweetly and bringing the chance that saw a couple of edges rate away to the border.
Birmingham omitted Ian Bell in the side to generate space for a hitter from the abbreviated competition, but they shot only 3 runs from the very first over from Graeme van Buuren.
Ed Pollock captured the Bears moving with two sixes at the following over from David Payne but expired at another when he missed an attempted big hit van Buuren and had been bowled.
Adam Hose and Sam Hain took the Bears into a fairly promising 55 for 1 however, the innings was subsequently sent into freefall by three wickets in an over. Smith’d Hose stumped and Hain beautifully caught at long with a diving Cockbain, then Will Rhodes was run out after reacting to some misjudged call to get one by Michael Burgess.
Burgess was bowled by Ryan Higgins at the following over and Smith finished Mousley’s introduction knock just three in five balls. The 33-year old had his third five-for in T20 cricket following Bresnan and Stone delivered up catces. This has been 83 for 8 and the Bears were flailing wildly at the jungle while Gloucestershire were home and hosed.
The day’s other 3 fittings; Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire v Durham and Yorkshire v Leicestershire, were abandoned because of poor weather without a ball being bowled.