Chris Woakes: Birmingham Bears T20 success an "unreal" feeling

Chris Woakes Birmingham Bears
Birmingham Bears beat Lancashire in last year's T20 Blast final at Edgbaston

Birmingham Bears all-rounder Chris Woakes has said reaching T20 Blast Finals Day for a second consecutive year is an "unreal" feeling.

Woakes made an unbeaten 48 from just 23 balls before taking 1-22 with the ball as Birmingham beat Essex by 24 runs.

The Bears are the current holders of the competition, having beaten Lancashire in last year's final.

"It's pretty unreal actually - I suppose it hasn't really sunk in," Woakes told BBC WM 95.6.

"It was a great performance by the lads, a full squad effort.

"Obviously some lads missed out tonight for some other guys to come in - and credit to them because they've put in some serious performances over the tournament."

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