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Live Reporting

By Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Well, that's all folks. A thoroughly enjoyable West Midlands derby has come to a close at Edgbaston, where we've been treated to plenty of big hitting and some canny bowling.

Thanks for joining me. I'll be back next Friday for more of the same - I hope you will too.

Bell: We made it easy at the start

Worcestershire beat Birmingham Bears by five runs

Ian Bell
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By contrast, Bears captain Ian Bell felt his side were second-best today.

He told Sky Sports: "We gave ourselves a chance. We pulled it right back with the ball and we were happy to chase 190, but you need one of your top four to get 80.

"We were a bit off today, and the guys will admit that. We made it a bit easy for them at the start."

Leach: Our plans came off

Worcestershire beat Birmingham Bears by five runs

Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach was delighted with how his team performed today and thinks they might have found some momentum in the competition.

"We spent a lot of time working on our bowling plans and it seems to be paying off now," he told Sky Sports.

"We've won three of our last four games, so hopefully we're timing our run well."

Elsewhere in Friday's T20 Blast games

  • Nottinghamshire (189-4, 20 overs) have beaten Derbyshire (181-7, 20 overs) by eight runs in Derby.
  • Essex (169-6, 19.4 overs) have beaten Hampshire (168-6, 20 overs) by four wickets
  • Sussex (167-5, 19 overs) have beaten Kent (163-9, 20 overs) with six balls to spare
  • Gloucestershire (146-3, 18.1 overs) have made up for lost time in their delayed game by beating Somerset (146, 19.4 overs) by seven wickets

Santner the stand-out

Worcestershire beat Birmingham Bears by five runs

Dom Sibley (49), Grant Elliott (38) and Aaron Thomason (33) kept the Bears in the game, but Mitchell Santner's 3-16, the Rapids' bowling tactics and clever use of the long boundary took the away side home.

Earlier on John Hastings' 51 off 20 balls and Joe Clarke's 34 off 15 did the damage for the Rapids with the bat.

The Bears' four-game winning run comes to an end, while Worcestershire pick up just their third win in nine T20 Blast games.

BreakingWORCESTERSHIRE WIN BY 5 RUNS

Bears 185-7

Well bowled John Hastings. The Bears had little chance at the beginning of the over, but he made no mistake.

Aaron Thomason, who played a brilliant hand, smites an almighty six over the sight screen off the final ball, but it's too little too late.

Remember the five penalty runs for hitting the helmet the Bears received? Well, that's the margin of victory for Worcestershire.

Birmingham Bears need 19 runs off 6 balls

Bears 172-7

Valiant effort from Aaron Thomason, whose outside edge brings a much-needed boundary. He scampers another two, but Alex Mellor at the other end struggles to get the ball away. They take nine off Joe Leach's over, leaving 19 to win.

Elsewhere in the T20 Blast

  • It's too little too late for Leicestershire, who've fallen just short in the final over against Lancashire, who have won by four runs.
  • In tonight's delayed game, Gloucestershire need another 42 runs against Somerset and have 31 balls remaining.
  • Essex have got another three overs to find 21 runs against Hampshire.
  • Derbyshire need 28 runs with two overs to spare against Nottinghamshire and Sussex are in the ascendency against Kent as they need just 16 more runs from 22 balls.

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Birmingham Bears need 28 runs off 12 balls

Bears 163-7

John Hastings has all the tricks. His first four balls go: off-cutter, yorker, slower-ball bouncer, wide yorker.

However, Aaron Thomason gets hold of a full toss, the fifth ball, clubbing it over the legside for six. He then uses some baseball-style running to slide in for a two.

WICKET Barker (c&b Leach) 0

Bears 150-7

Really good bowling from Joe Leach. The Worcestershire skipper surprises Keith Barker with a bouncer, which he can only hook straight up in the air, allowing Leach to run and gather.

WICKET De Grandhomme (c Barnard b Leach) 23

Bears 149-6

Colin de Grandhomme falls, and Birmingham Bears' hopes take a big blow. Joe Leach bowls wide outside the offstump, asking the big New Zealander to hit to the long offside boundary. He has a good old go, but picks out Ed Barnard on the fence.

De Grandhomme launches it

Bears need 49 to win off 24 balls

Colin de Grandhomme has to be the man for Birmingham Bears now. He shows what he's capable of, sending two sixes over the longest boundary off Daryl Mitchell.

Game on now with the big New Zealander at the crease.

Bears 126-5

de Grandhomme 5, Thomason 2

Is that the match-winning bowling spell? Mitchell Santner ends his four overs with the outstanding figures of 3-16.

The left-arm spinner looked almost impossible to time as he slowed his pace down, down and down some more.

Elsewhere in the T20 Blast

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  • What a thriller at Chester-le-Street! It all went down to the final over and despite a valiant effort from Yorkshire, they've fallen just one run short of their target and Durham have won in front of 6,500 in attendance. Thrilling stuff.
  • Elsewhere, Glamorgan are keeping the pressure on at the top of the South Group. They've beaten Surrey by six runs.
  • Leicestershire are leaving it late against Lancashire. They've got 9 balls to get 20 runs.

Game on!

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WICKET Elliott (c Leach b Santner) 38

Bears 122-5

Brain fade from Grant Elliott. What is he thinking?!

Joe Leach posts three fielders at backward point to Mitchell Santner. Elliott knows where the ball is going, but opts for the reverse-sweep, succeeding only in putting it straight into the Rapids' captain's hands.

Bears 122-4

Elliott 38, de Grandhomme 3

Clever batting from Grant Elliott, who uses the longer legside boundary to his advantage, dabbing a few quick twos.

The Bears need 11.5 runs per over. As commentators like to say, they need one big over.

Elliott hits one miles

Bears 114-4

About time, really. Grant Elliott gets down on one knee and absolutely middles a length ball from Patrick Brown, sending it miles back into the home crowd on the legside.

He slashes another past backward point for four and a scrambled two makes it 14 runs off the over. Better from the hosts. Elliott has 32.

Bears 100-4

Elliott 19, de Grandhomme 0

The Bears bring their hundred up, but they're really behind the game now. Television's very own WASP gives them just 9% chance of doing it.

WICKET Sibley (c Santner b Mitchell) 49

Bears 95-4

Big wicket for Worcestershire! Dom Sibley is definitely playing for the team, not personal landmarks as he skies Daryl Mitchell down to long-on where Mitchell Santner takes a wonderful diving catch.

The Rapids are well on top. Two New Zealand internationals at the crease now as Colin de Grandhomme comes in.

Bears 92-3

Sibley 49, Elliott 11

Really well bowled, Patrick Brown. The youngster dropped Dom Sibley a few overs back, but he's kept his nerves in his first over.

The right-arm seamer pretty much nails six yorkers, going for just six runs. His captain will be delighted with that result.

Bears 86-3

Sibley 45, Elliott 9

Shot. No slogging from Dom Sibley. He gets to the pitch off one from Brett D'Oliveira and smashes it to the short boundary on the offside for the Bears' first six of the innings.

Bears need 105 from 60 balls. This game is on a knife edge.

Sibley dropped by Brown

Bears 75-3

Oh dear. How costly might that prove for Worcestershire? Dom Sibley plinks one down to long-off from Daryl Mitchell's bowling, but Patrick Brown grasses it.

Grant Elliott finds the boundary with an aggressive shot to cow corner to take nine runs off the over.

Elsewhere in the T20 Blast

Varun Chopra
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  • Marchant de Lange has taken two wickets as Surrey are require another 75 runs against Glamorgan with 39 balls remaining
  • Essex are 77-1 against Hampshire (chasing 169) and have just had Varun Chopra trapped lbw by Gareth Berg
  • Derbyshire, targetting 190 against Nottinghamshire, are currently 60-2 with seven overs gone
  • Leicestershire's Mark Cosgrove (43) is on his way to his 50 against Lancashire. They require another 67 from 38 balls.
  • A thrilling finale shaping up at Chester-le-Street. Yorkshire need another 40 runs with 23 balls left against Durham.

Click here to see all the scorecards from tonight's T20 Blast games

Bears 66-3

A lot of pressure on the shoulders of Dom Sibley now. The required rate is 10.5 as Grant Elliott comes in.

WICKET Hose (c&b D'Oliveira) 1

Bears 64-3

Good captaincy from Joe Leach. He's seen the effectiveness of the slower bowlers and the change works immediately.

Brett D'Oliveira sees the back of Adam Hose, who smashes one back at the leg-spinner, who takes a sharp catch. Bears in trouble now.

Bears 63-2

Sibley 31, Hose 1

Mitchell Santner looks very difficult to score off out there. The left-arm spinner has 2-12 from his three overs.

Pressure is now on new Bears Dom Sibley and Adam Hose.

WICKET Hain (st Cox b Santner) 2

Bears 61-2

Very sharp work behind the stumps from Ben Cox. Lovely combination, with Sam Hain completely out-foxed by Mitchell Santner's 47mph delivery. His back foot slides out of the crease and the bails are removed.

Bears 60-1

Sibley 29, Hain 6

Good end to the Powerplay for the Bears. Dom Sibley creams a short one to the fence before a big full-toss from Joe Leach ends up at the fine-leg boundary.

Sam Hain pulls Leach's final ball to the boundary, too - 16 runs off that one.

Bears 44-1

Sibley 20, Hain 1

Excellent stuff from Mitchell Santner. He goes for just one off the over, with the final ball prompting a stumping appeal. Dom Sibley is fine, but sharp work from Ben Cox.

One over of the Powerplay left.

WICKET Bell (c Brown b Santner) 15

Bears 43-1

Ian Bell is not a cat it turns out. He used two lives, but falls on his third go. He slices a Mitchell Santner delivery to Patrick Brown at short third-man, who takes a simple catch.

Bears 43-0

Sibley 20, Bell 15

Ian Bell is living a charmed life out there at the moment. He mistimes one, but a retreating Mitchell Santner can't grab it.

It's a better over from John Hastings, but with four byes there's still nine runs off it. Bears on track at the moment.

Elsewhere in the T20 Blast

Billy Godleman
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  • Derbyshire opener Billy Godleman removed by Samit Patel with just the second ball of their innings against Nottinghamshire
  • Leicestershire are almost halfway through their innings against Lancashire and are 72-2, chasing 174
  • Yorkshire are 76-2 against Durham, with David Willey (17) and Alex Lees (22) at the crease
  • Kent have set Sussex a target of 164 at Canterbury
  • Essex are 17-0 against Hampshire, chasing 169
  • Surrey lost Jason Roy for a duck against Glamorgan

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Bears 34-0

Sibley 19, Bell 11

Vintage Ian Bell. The former England man skips down the pitch second ball to Mitchell Santner before timing it over extra-cover for four.

Bears take eight from the left-arm spinner's first over and have started brightly, but in a very different manner to Worcestershire.

Bell dropped by Tongue

Bears 26-0

Phwooaarrr. That's gorgeous from Dom Sibley. John Hastings' first ball is pumped past mid-on for four before he slaps a leg-cutter through the offside to the fence.

He gets off strike before Josh Tongue drops a sitter at short fine-leg to give Ian Bell a life.

Sibley finishes the over with a powerful back-away-and-hook shot for another boundary. He has 18 already.

Bears 12-0

Sibley 5, Bell 4

Josh Tongue is a highly regarded fast bowler, but he starts shakily, firing a wide down the legside below he allows Dom Sibley two balls on his pads to get away.

A slower-ball bouncer is then dispatched by Ian Bell and the Bears are off to a flier - simply by playing conventional shots.

Latest scores

North Group

  • Durham 157-3 v Yorkshire 51-2 (7 overs)
  • Leicestershire 45-2 (4.2 overs) v Lancashire 173-5
  • Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire 189-4 (20 overs)
  • Birmingham Bears v Worcestershire 190-7 (20 overs)

South Group

  • Surrey 46-1 (5 overs) v Glamorgan 181-6
  • Gloucestershire v Somerset 136-9 (18.4 overs)
  • Hampshire 168-6 (20 overs) v Essex
  • Kent 157-9 (19.3 overs) v Sussex Sharks

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Can the Bears make if five in a row?

Worcs 190-7

Birmingham Bears have been in excellent form of late in the T20 Blast, winning their last four games. Can they make it five in a row and do the double over their local rivals? They'll need 191 at just over 9.5 runs per over.

Dom Sibley will hope to continue his positive debut as he opens the batting with skipper Ian Bell.

Worcs 190-7

D'Oliveira 35, Leach 0

Brett D'Oliveira takes two from the final Keith Barker delivery to help Worcestershire reach 190.

It's a good score, but after a rocket-fuelled start, the Bears will be happy with how they responded, with Jeetan Patel and Dom Sibley doing well in the middle overs. Game on.

WICKET Barnard (run out Mellor) 2

Worcs 188-7

Brett D'Oliveira is desperate to get back on strike. So much so in fact that he's willing to run out Ed Barnard.

Elsewhere in Friday's T20 Blast games

Paul Collingwood
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  • Durham have set Yorkshire a target of 158 at Chester-le-Street. Paul Collingwood hit an unbeaten 88 for the hosts.
  • Lancashire have finished their innings on 173-5 against Leicestershire. Jos Buttler top-scored for the hosts with a 40-ball 57.
  • Jason Roy out first ball as Surrey chase 182 against Glamorgan
  • George Bailey is currently on 56 as Hampshire are 130-5 with three overs still to play in their innings against Essex.

Click here for scorecards from all of Friday's games