T20 Blast round-up: Hain stars but rain wipes out games

The Blast was back after a fortnight’s break for the County Championship, but Birmingham Bears – winners in 2014 – picked up where they left off by recording their fifth successive victory.

It proved a far closer finish than seemed likely at Headingley after Hain, who hit eight sixes and five fours, propelled the Bears’ total well past 200 and Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth early in their reply.

But Dawid Malan laid the foundation for the chase with 54, adding 62 with James Wharton (29) and 57 with Ferreira before he was caught off spinner Danny Briggs at the start of the 16th over.

Ferreira completed his 50 from just 26 balls but holed out off Dan Mousley and the task of scoring 11 runs from the final over, bowled by George Garton, proved too much for the Vikings, who could only manage six.

At Chester-le-Street, Michael Jones hit three sixes in the last over in his 39 not out off 17 balls as Durham reached 190-5 against Worcestershire Rapids.

After Colin Ackermann’s dismissal by Brett D’Oliveira left them 80-3 at halfway, the home side lifted the tempo with Ollie Robinson scoring 41 off 30 before Jones and Bas de Leede (22 not out) shared an unbroken 54 for the sixth wicket.

Worcestershire were in the hunt as opener Kashif Ali (45) and Josh Cobb (39) put on 65 in six overs but no-one else reached 20 as Ben Raine and Ben Dwarshuis took three wickets each to bowl the Rapids out for 168 and seal a 22-run win.

Joe Clarke was again in brilliant form for Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge, scoring 79 off 41 balls before being bowled by Ben Mike, but the weather had the final say in their game against Leicestershire Foxes.

The umpires hoped to resume with Leicestershire facing a revised target of 181 from 16 overs, but more rain arrived and the match had to be called off.


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